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: $1131.49 (10/13/2015)
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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
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 2050 2700 4700 15000 55000 - - - - -
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Total Graded: 2495
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/2/1996 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions February 1996 Long Beach Bullet Sale #150, 150/Lot# 745 $605.00
1/25/2004 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3421 $483.00
4/16/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65044, 65044/Lot# 23740 $837.20
6/26/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2057, 2057/Lot# 2259 $770.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1532 $960.25
11/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5385 $2,185.00
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 105720 $1,432.20
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1064 $2,574.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: ftrifilio5
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2860
Owner: J.D.A.
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