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: $1089.02 (9/3/2015)
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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: 2477
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


Upcoming Auctions

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9/20/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8018
9/20/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5241


Auction Prices Realized

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9/20/2000 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1360, 1360/Lot# 1631 $553.88
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2666 $977.50
5/15/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1438 $943.00
1/1/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131202/Lot# 20514 $1,725.00
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1336 $4,095.00
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 105720 $1,432.20
7/11/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1187/Lot# 9597 $1,645.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5378 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228523192335249528603712608999181026010570153822273134082
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242388261731444504736510032103631217417832265150
00000022652271228022962324238826173144450473651003210363121741783200
00000022672275228323082330244227383428529786421014610467137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2860
Owner: J.D.A.
 
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