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: $1253.30 (4/21/2014)
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

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1889 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1540 1550 1565 1580 1580 1590 1600 1610 1620 1750 1775 2620 6400 18500 - - - - - -
$ 1740 1750 1760 1770 1780 1950 1975 2800 7850 21500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1780
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 64


Upcoming Auctions

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4/22/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131416/Lot# 20339
4/22/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131416/Lot# 20767
4/27/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6955


Auction Prices Realized

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5/6/2000 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Bullet Sale #224, 224/Lot# 543 $690.00
6/19/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2054, 2054/Lot# 2142 $522.50
8/7/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1862 $1,552.50
1/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2255 $1,380.00
9/30/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 76691 $1,763.18
7/11/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3428 $4,993.75
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
2/23/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 733 $7,000.00
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131408/Lot# 24604 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S $20 MS
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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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