Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,470,250
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1177.25 (9/19/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S $20 MS obverse 1897 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of several heavily repatriated S-mint double eagle issues of the late 19th century, the 1897-S is generally available in lesser Mint State grades. For the collector who seeks a more attractive example, however, the options are far more limited. Garrett and Guth observe that MS64 pieces are elusive, if slightly more available than for other San Francisco issues from the same time period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/8/2014

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1897 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1670 1690 1700 1715 1740 1750 1765 1950 2600 3500 21750 40000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12263
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/14/1999 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Bullet Sale #198, 198/Lot# 586 $583.00
1/22/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1398, 1398/Lot# 1681 $422.00
7/18/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #46, 50/Lot# 1902 $2,875.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1752 $2,012.50
2/28/2012 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7858 $1,725.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1347 $2,691.00
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 106827 $1,815.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base572644721806896903906911920926935941108812061450294144314595626186881227117626
59666974983689890490791492292993799011271287194734374485515070709882140560
0000009079149229299379901127128719473437448551507070988200
000000909917924932939103911661368244439344540570578791107600
1897 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base61368877085895396196496997898599410011155127815313078461755637971116101717325769
6387157998899559629659729809889961052119613622046359149326365918413464200380
000000965972980988996105211961362204635914932636591841346400
0000009679759829919981103123714462562410452477168103971531800
1897 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33338618708758828949039169259339491092151526023984682099182199236947
3332898648718778868979079199279389961233187730624929785213942269770
000000877886897907919927938996123318773062492978521394200
0000008798909009119229309431044137422393523587488851796700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2941
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 1531
Owner: The Arlington Collection
 
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