Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 954,000
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1252.72 (8/1/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1903 S $20 MS obverse 1903 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1903-S is probably the best-produced S-mint Liberty double eagle of the 20th century: most examples have frosty luster and a good strike. Its mintage was a not overly substantial 954,000 pieces. Compare this to the gargantuan mintage of the 1904-S double eagle, for example, manufactured to the extent of more than 5 million coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1903 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1670 1690 1700 1715 1740 1750 1765 1900 2750 4400 16250 - - - - -
$ 1680 1700 1715 1725 1750 1765 1825 2000 3500 5500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6257
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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3/24/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 6503 $7,475.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3479 $1,696.25
2/15/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3988 $2,012.50
9/27/2010 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2932, 2932/Lot# 2228 $3,335.00
8/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 62049 $2,970.00
11/25/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 727, 736/Lot# 1287 $2,440.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1188 $1,755.00
8/18/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131335/Lot# 22404 $2,026.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57264472180689690390691192092693594196611381488252545654382595082281158316585
59666974983689890490791492292993794910231254183332054565490467099346132500
0000009079149229299379491023125418333205456549046709934600
00000090991792493293995710801371217938854565542774681046400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1488
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1138
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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