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: $1265.88 (9/25/2017)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1525 1550 1675 1900 2050 2175 2375 2900 4500 8600 10700 28500 70000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1527
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/22/2001 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1398, 1398/Lot# 1673 $527.50
9/15/2003 NGC AU 50   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1238 $575.00
5/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131320/Lot# 22813 $1,762.50
6/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1004 $1,872.00
9/25/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9691 $1,645.00
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 881 $1,650.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20710 $1,615.63
11/29/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131549/Lot# 23266 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250230223682464252525852699288540485367668588291051527592531885490356658584556029462175
19442239226723242400248425452623276132734488580674009391162073612453760554885725759068609210
0000002545262327613273448858067400939116207361245376055488572575906800
0000002565266128233660492762468114995321900446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2885
Owner: Grandman
 
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