Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 774,700
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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1889 S $20 MS obverse 1889 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

According to Doug Winter, 'A few small hoards of 1889-S Double Eagles have entered the market from overseas sources. Nearly all of the coins from these groups were heavily bagmarked and graded between About Uncirculated-58 and Mint State-62.'

Bowers' book on double eagles writes: 'The formula for San Francisco Mint double eagles of the 1880s holds true for this, the concluding year: examples are readily available in circulated grades and in Mint State from 60 to 62. Any higher grade coin is rare, curiously so.'

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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1889 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 1800 2150 3050 6250 19000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3500 8800 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1866
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/18/2001 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1428, 1428/Lot# 1834 $448.38
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1092 $630.00
4/24/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 1140 $1,012.00
1/3/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 6408 $1,092.50
5/29/2007 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27061, 27061/Lot# 11495 $805.00
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1066 $1,755.00
10/13/2013 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 141484 $1,497.10
1/8/2014 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1201/Lot# 10284 $1,410.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8150 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57264472180689690390691193094396197412712124319459226728984814634220563368152060
596669749836898904907917934949965107315552480410361907768114431710825931398070
00000090791793494996510731555248041036190776811443171082593100
00000090992393895596911721839283750126459880813038195822980600
1889 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base613688770858953961964969988100210211034134522333340615369811018415084226653451353206
63871579988995596296597599210081025113716412602427764298048118171761126614407440
0000009659759921008102511371641260242776429804811817176112661400
0000009679819971014102912411937297152156705911613450201383056300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5922
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 1345
Owner: Grandman
 
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