Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 859,600
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1254.36 (7/30/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 S $20 MS obverse 1888 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As enthusiasts of the Liberty Head double eagle coinage are acutely aware, there are many issues in the series for which lower-Mint State coins are plentiful, and higher-grade Uncirculated pieces are either rare or nonexistent. Many collectors, including the present cataloger, also believe that Type Three S-mint double eagles are also quite underrated, as well as lovely, fascinating, and highly collectible. While some of the later issues (1898-S, 1904, 1904-S) may show dozens (or thousands, in the case of the 1904) of Gem pieces certified, an S-mint Type Three from the 1880s or earlier in Gem condition is quite another story. As of this writing NGC has certified exactly nine S-mint Type Threes from 1877-S to 1889-S in MS65 condition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1888 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 1800 2100 2750 5500 15500 53500 - - - - -
$ 1690 1715 1725 1740 1785 1900 2200 3500 7000 18000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2430
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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8/9/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8770


Auction Prices Realized

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3/22/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1860, 1860/Lot# 2104 $47.00
1/17/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 3871 $706.10
1/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2239 $828.00
1/31/2010 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2408 $1,236.25
7/31/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131132/Lot# 26562 $1,782.50
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1335 $3,861.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5378 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57264472180689690390691193094396197412712048300942025246738310570153822273134082
59666974983689890490791793494996510731530236834064550595884451217417831265140
0000009079179349499651073153023683406455059588445121741783100
0000009099239389559691172178926883804489866709507137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3009
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2048
Owner: J.D.A.
 
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