Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,470,250
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1087.18 (9/5/2015)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S $20 MS obverse 1897 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of several heavily repatriated S-mint double eagle issues of the late 19th century, the 1897-S is generally available in lesser Mint State grades. For the collector who seeks a more attractive example, however, the options are far more limited. Garrett and Guth observe that MS64 pieces are elusive, if slightly more available than for other San Francisco issues from the same time period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/17/2015

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1897 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1690 1700 1715 1740 1765 1900 2450 3400 21500 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3000 4750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12412
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/20/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8034


Auction Prices Realized

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9/17/2002 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22094, 22094/Lot# 18330 $425.50
4/17/2005 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2027, 2027/Lot# 1974 $577.50
4/24/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 1155 $782.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2582 $1,092.50
2/19/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #461, 461/Lot# 8799 $1,495.00
11/21/2010 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 5567 $2,530.00
8/12/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 68195 $1,678.60
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1120 $1,872.00
3/28/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6346 $1,424.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312240127273194701488499986111981227117626
2204222122282235224222502258226322712284229723052342251028834467762692281039011556140560
000000225822632271228422972305234225102883446776269228103901155600
000000226022662275228923002309237126183038574182379607107941191300
1897 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base61368877085895396196496997898599410011155127815313078461755637971116101717325769
6387157998899559629659729809889961052119613622046359149326365918413464200380
000000965972980988996105211961362204635914932636591841346400
0000009679759829919981103123714462562410452477168103971531800
1897 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5756207157838618708758828949039169259339491092151526023984682099182199236947
5906527388098648728778868979079199289389971233187730634929785313943269770
000000877886897907919928938997123318773063492978531394300
0000008808909009129229309441044137422403523587588851796700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3194
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2401
Owner: DAN3E
 
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