Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 105
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1163.61 (11/23/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 $20 PF obverse 1888 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 102 proof double eagles were struck in 1888, and estimates of survivors vary from a low of 20-25 pieces (Akers, 1981) to as many as 35-40 (Breen, 1988). Both Breen and Bowers (in the Eliasberg catalog) make a point of mentioning that of the few known survivors, quite a few are nicked or somehow damaged, and 2-3 pieces are impounded in museums, further reducing the number of collectible specimens.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1888 $20 PF
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1888 $20 PF Cameo
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1888 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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7/30/1994 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 7684 $26,400.00
3/13/1999 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Signature Sale #199, 199/Lot# 6863 $49,450.00
1/4/2001 PCGS PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 8417 $4,600.00
3/6/2008 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 March Phoenix, AZ (ANA) Signature Auction #1102, 1102/Lot# 1758 $103,500.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5294 $69,000.00


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NGC Registry Score 1888 $20 PF
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1888 $20 PF Cameo
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1888 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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