Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 30,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1098.79 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 $20 MS obverse 1889 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Collectors of Liberty Double Eagles know that Philadelphia Mint issues from the 1880s rank among the toughest in the series. Three dates (the 1883, 1884, and 1887) are proof-only, and four others have mintages of less than 2,200 pieces (the 1881, 1882, 1885, and 1886). The remaining three dates are scarce in Mint State, but nonetheless collectible. The mintage of 44,070 pieces ensures that the 1889 is rare in Select condition, since most Uncirculated survivors are thoroughly abraded by their bag stored peers.

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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1889 $20 MS
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Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 2200 3100 4500 18750 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 6900 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 525
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 63


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9/20/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5244
9/20/2015 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8019


Auction Prices Realized

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5/6/1994 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1994 St. Louis Bullet Sale #119, 119/Lot# 732 $550.00
6/2/1995 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 656 $1,100.00
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 8503 $2,012.50
3/16/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 1211 $1,667.50
5/5/2010 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2849, 2849/Lot# 2272 $1,840.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 179511 $2,444.44
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2675 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228525852936305736396651674672331055715644235183582837110
22042221222822392251225722652271228023852702297632514643668369088341122531826927621362550
0000002265227122802385270229763251464366836908834112253182692762100
0000002267227522832485281930173445564767147071944913948208933172500
1889 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333395397410011027108211201171120615662585461752427501109101611724156366991
33331996098310091045109411371182132619053262482559958637126451879628337366990
0000001009104510941137118213261905326248255995863712645187962833700
0000001018106311071154119414462245393950336748977314381214763251800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3639
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 1134
Owner: davidmckay
 
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