Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 774,700
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1087.18 (9/4/2015)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 S $20 MS obverse 1889 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

According to Doug Winter, 'A few small hoards of 1889-S Double Eagles have entered the market from overseas sources. Nearly all of the coins from these groups were heavily bagmarked and graded between About Uncirculated-58 and Mint State-62.'

Bowers' book on double eagles writes: 'The formula for San Francisco Mint double eagles of the 1880s holds true for this, the concluding year: examples are readily available in circulated grades and in Mint State from 60 to 62. Any higher grade coin is rare, curiously so.'

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 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 1950 2700 4950 14750 36000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 3500 6500 20500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1879
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
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9/20/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 4246
9/20/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 4244
9/20/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 4245
9/20/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5246
9/20/2015 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8020


Auction Prices Realized

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Price
4/22/1994 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1994 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #118, 118/Lot# 576 $352.00
5/13/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1436, 1436/Lot# 1019 $448.38
1/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1588 $5,060.00
1/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2255 $1,380.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6710 $3,450.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 5045 $4,600.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1337 $4,797.00
6/8/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198705 $1,331.17
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 355 $1,600.05


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972219222622332250225422642268227822852319233524332860380060488515984814634220563368152060
22042221222822392251225722652271228022962324236825753173454968708959114431710825931398070
0000002265227122802296232423682575317345496870895911443171082593100
0000002267227522832308233024002718348752997693940413039195822980600
1889 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base613688770858953961964969988100210211034134522333340615369811018415084226653451353206
63871579988995596296597599210081025113716412602427764298048118171761126614407440
0000009659759921008102511371641260242776429804811817176112661400
0000009679819971014102912411937297152156705911613450201383056300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6048
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2433
Owner: CBC
 
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