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: $1060.57 (8/3/2015)
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.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2015

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1750 1850 2000 2200 2400 2750 5700 19000 39750 65000 - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1240
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
8/4/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131531/Lot# 21288
8/16/2015 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4470
8/16/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6413


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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1/18/2004 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1833, 1833/Lot# 1451 $715.00
11/4/2004 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8752 $2,242.50
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3452 $1,260.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 5030 $2,300.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 5127 $16,100.00
6/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1004 $1,872.00
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
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 881 $1,650.00
1/7/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7475 $1,880.00


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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