Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 837,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1440.06 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 S $20 MS obverse 1868 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1868-S double eagle, with a mintage of 837,500 pieces, is a common issue in circulated grades, particularly in the Very Fine to About Uncirculated range. In Mint State, Douglas Winter and Michael Fuljenz, in their Type Two Double Eagles treatise, say the issue is 'very rare.'

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Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1868 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1580 1680 1890 2050 2050 2250 3250 4850 10000 13000 31500 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1756
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1868 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2139232623537738228716205-1------1756
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------1-11---1--------4
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Total---2139232723537838328716206-1------1760
 ---0 %1 %5 %19 %13 %21 %22 %16 %1 %1 %0 %-0 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/2/1994 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Bullet Sale #113, 113/Lot# 839 $1,650.00
2/26/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0818, 818/Lot# 837 $1,740.75
5/25/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4769 $2,127.50
5/29/2008 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 252, 258/Lot# 6196 $1,265.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6205 $5,875.00
11/25/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 58449 $2,426.60
3/20/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30433 $2,115.00
3/21/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11756 $1,703.75
7/17/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6111 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250233524952614269927812936352548056437770492341251920231329205389788721912229377596381
194422392278238825352642272628333132395253496859821410329150902446139912655058955592073946440
00000027262833313239525349685982141032915090244613991265505895559207300
00000027542884332943785893728287241142417660286904690577113903889292400
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3525
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3525
Owner: Grandman
 
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