Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 982,000
Catalog: KM-74.2
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1279.23 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1456
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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7/30/1994 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 7638 $2,310.00
11/29/2006 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2293, 2293/Lot# 1970 $1,904.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1713 $2,875.00
5/28/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 10516 $1,265.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4922 $2,990.00
6/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1004 $1,872.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 60   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3513 $9,106.25
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 881 $1,650.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3436 $56,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250230223682464252525852699288540485367668588291051527592531885490356658584556029462175
19442239226723242400248425452623276132734488580674009391162073612453760554885725759068609210
0000002545262327613273448858067400939116207361245376055488572575906800
0000002565266128233660492762468114995321900446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4591
Owner: fogbear
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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