Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 982,000
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1157.23 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S $20 MS obverse 1870 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth suggest that most of the mintage was exported or otherwise destroyed, although large quantities of various dates that were formerly exported have been returned to this country in recent years. That is obviously not the case for this particular date. Rather, it is more likely that most or all of the mintage was released into circulation where they were extensively used, as indicated by the number of well worn examples that still exist.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/17/2014

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1870 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1650 1675 1750 1850 2050 2050 2250 2375 3000 5700 11000 19000 39750 67500 - - - - - - -
$ 2150 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1244
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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1/12/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7476
1/12/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7475


Auction Prices Realized

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7/27/1998 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1071, 1071/Lot# 1835 $474.75
5/5/2004 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 10024 $718.75
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 4483 $4,025.00
5/14/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2231 $862.50
1/31/2010 NGC AU 50   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2357 $1,409.00
7/31/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131132/Lot# 27241 $1,725.00
5/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131320/Lot# 22813 $1,762.50
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1003 $3,744.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31289 $1,412.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base593665745831925107311861290217625893086336544315563701427592531885490356658584556029462175
617691773862974111012201585231327543179372048086046138733612453759554885725759068609210
0000001220158523132754317937204808604613873361245375955488572575906800
0000001255188024512920327240755185653020732446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3086
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2589
Owner: Grandman
 
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