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: $1236.76 (8/22/2014)
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: 5/28/2014

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1889 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1680 1700 1715 1725 2000 2700 2950 5100 18400 - - - - - - -
$ 1690 1715 1725 1740 2250 2900 3250 6000 22500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 554
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 63


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4/22/1994 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1994 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #118, 118/Lot# 574 $528.00
2/11/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23023, 23023/Lot# 11879 $580.75
2/22/2004 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1847, 1847/Lot# 1291 $605.00
11/6/2007 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 2372 $1,265.00
10/23/2008 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 3107 $1,955.00
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
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 179511 $2,444.44
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12081 $4,406.25


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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