Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 859,600
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1146.78 (5/4/2015)
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1888 S $20 MS obverse 1888 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As enthusiasts of the Liberty Head double eagle coinage are acutely aware, there are many issues in the series for which lower-Mint State coins are plentiful, and higher-grade Uncirculated pieces are either rare or nonexistent. Many collectors, including the present cataloger, also believe that Type Three S-mint double eagles are also quite underrated, as well as lovely, fascinating, and highly collectible. While some of the later issues (1898-S, 1904, 1904-S) may show dozens (or thousands, in the case of the 1904) of Gem pieces certified, an S-mint Type Three from the 1880s or earlier in Gem condition is quite another story. As of this writing NGC has certified exactly nine S-mint Type Threes from 1877-S to 1889-S in MS65 condition.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2015

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1888 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 2050 2700 4700 15000 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 3000 5750 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2457
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
11/11/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23113, 23113/Lot# 13816 $552.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1803 $448.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2927, 2927/Lot# 3198 $1,552.50
12/19/2010 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210124/Lot# 26444 $1,552.50
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1064 $2,574.00
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20303 $1,850.63
6/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20636 $1,674.38
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1323 $1,650.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57264472180689690390691193094396197412712048300942025246738310570153822273134082
59666974983689890490791793494996510731530236834064550595884451217417831265140
0000009079179349499651073153023683406455059588445121741783100
0000009099239389559691172178926883804489866709507137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3009
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2048
Owner: J.D.A.
 
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