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: $1177.45 (9/20/2014)
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.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/8/2014

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1888 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 1800 2100 2900 5500 15500 53500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3500 7000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2437
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3421 $483.00
4/17/2005 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2027, 2027/Lot# 1963 $660.00
5/15/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1438 $943.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3448 $8,050.00
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1065 $3,744.00
6/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5882 $2,232.50
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12080 $2,820.00


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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