Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 105
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.92 (8/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 $20 PF obverse 1888 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 102 proof double eagles were struck in 1888, and estimates of survivors vary from a low of 20-25 pieces (Akers, 1981) to as many as 35-40 (Breen, 1988). Both Breen and Bowers (in the Eliasberg catalog) make a point of mentioning that of the few known survivors, quite a few are nicked or somehow damaged, and 2-3 pieces are impounded in museums, further reducing the number of collectible specimens.

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


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1888 $20 PF
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1888 $20 PF Cameo
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1888 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/30/1994 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 7684 $26,400.00
3/13/1999 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Signature Sale #199, 199/Lot# 6863 $49,450.00
1/4/2001 PCGS PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 8417 $4,600.00
3/6/2008 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 March Phoenix, AZ (ANA) Signature Auction #1102, 1102/Lot# 1758 $103,500.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5294 $69,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $20 PF
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Base1707233531263564389240164231449950495367574765456820748784281022612757142771593517981230411
1916259932723673393340884320468251555494601366377042780190271107013264148301661719668230410
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1888 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179924513270372240614190441246875254558259736794707777628727117981316314718169742172511
201627243421383541044264450448765363571262476888730580849751122531368115470185582172510
000000450448765363571262476888730580849751122531368115470185582172500
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1888 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19282614139434297443146621553958796286713874318141914111047143471532617073111
21572614131540614342450846621847565260156570723676688474977612147146731590817073110
00000046621847565260156570723676688474977612147146731590817073100
000000466236935766615068547333790488081041213247150001649117073100
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