Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 982,000
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1253.30 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S $20 MS obverse 1870 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth suggest that most of the mintage was exported or otherwise destroyed, although large quantities of various dates that were formerly exported have been returned to this country in recent years. That is obviously not the case for this particular date. Rather, it is more likely that most or all of the mintage was released into circulation where they were extensively used, as indicated by the number of well worn examples that still exist.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2013

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1870 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1810 1820 1860 1980 2000 2000 2100 2200 2500 4100 8000 14500 34750 42000 - - - - - - -
$ 2200 2300 2400 2750 4500 8800 16100 37000 46000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1191
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11277
4/27/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11276
4/27/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6839


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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2/16/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1024, 1024/Lot# 2001 $448.38
6/3/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 7450 $718.75
6/1/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 3714 $1,725.00
2/14/2007 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 4955 $5,180.75
5/14/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2231 $862.50
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1713 $2,875.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7835 $3,450.00
5/27/2012 PCGS VF 25   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2081 $1,667.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base593665745831925107311861290217625893086336544315563701427592531885490356658584556029462175
617691773862974111012201585231327543179372048086046138733612453759554885725759068609210
0000001220158523132754317937204808604613873361245375955488572575906800
0000001255188024512920327240755185653020732446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3086
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2589
Owner: Grandman
 
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