Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 982,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1428.11 (12/5/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 S $20 MS obverse 1870 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth suggest that most of the mintage was exported or otherwise destroyed, although large quantities of various dates that were formerly exported have been returned to this country in recent years. That is obviously not the case for this particular date. Rather, it is more likely that most or all of the mintage was released into circulation where they were extensively used, as indicated by the number of well worn examples that still exist.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/29/2019

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1550 1680 2100 2250 2400 2450 2900 4500 8600 10700 28500 70000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1631
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----29552152113323823252641122-------1630
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---------32-2---------7
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Total----29552152113323853272643122-------1637
 ----2 %3 %13 %13 %20 %24 %20 %2 %3 %1 %0 %------- 
1870 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------1-----------1
 ----------100 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/8/1998 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1056, 1056/Lot# 2132 $659.38
2/13/2006 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 1509 $1,012.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3452 $1,260.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7835 $3,450.00
6/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1004 $1,872.00
1/7/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7475 $1,880.00
10/29/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5255 $1,527.50
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3413 $8,228.53


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250230223682464252525852699288540485367668588291051527592531885490356658584556029462175
19442239226723242400248425452623276132734488580674009391162073612453760554885725759068609210
0000002545262327613273448858067400939116207361245376055488572575906800
0000002565266128233660492762468114995321900446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: BRS Numismatics
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: Deepc5
 
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