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: $1242.56 (8/27/2014)
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: 2435
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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9/6/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8801


Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/1995 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 949 $462.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1803 $448.50
1/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2239 $828.00
12/12/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 4946 $130.00
11/11/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20918 $2,246.60
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 105720 $1,432.20
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1065 $3,744.00
5/19/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20599 $1,850.63


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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