Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 30,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1252.14 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 $20 MS obverse 1889 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Collectors of Liberty Double Eagles know that Philadelphia Mint issues from the 1880s rank among the toughest in the series. Three dates (the 1883, 1884, and 1887) are proof-only, and four others have mintages of less than 2,200 pieces (the 1881, 1882, 1885, and 1886). The remaining three dates are scarce in Mint State, but nonetheless collectible. The mintage of 44,070 pieces ensures that the 1889 is rare in Select condition, since most Uncirculated survivors are thoroughly abraded by their bag stored peers.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2013

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1889 $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1540 1550 1565 1580 1580 1590 1600 1610 2220 2560 2650 4300 18200 23250 - - - - - -
$ 1740 1750 1760 1770 2440 2800 3050 5400 20000 26000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 548
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 63


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4/27/2014 MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1204/Lot# 5798
4/27/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6946


Auction Prices Realized

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10/22/1993 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Baltimore Bullet #109, 109/Lot# 863 $605.00
7/26/2000 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20075, 20075/Lot# 5634 $675.00
9/16/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23094, 23094/Lot# 13949 $1,495.00
2/3/2008 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2484, 2484/Lot# 2558 $1,232.00
3/16/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 1211 $1,667.50
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5386 $1,552.50
3/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131314/Lot# 21533 $1,938.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5726447218068969169419661019105411051138148324644431503772331055715644235183582837110
596669749836902924949983103010711116125318103119463357698341122521826827621362550
00000094998310301071111612531810311946335769834112252182682762100
000000957100110421088112713682137377548356501944913948208933172400
1889 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333395397410011027108211201171120615662585461752427501109101611724156366991
33331996098310091045109411371182132619053262482559958637126451879628337366990
0000001009104510941137118213261905326248255995863712645187962833700
0000001018106311071154119414462245393950336748977314381214763251800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2464
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 483
Owner: davidmckay
 
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