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: $1586.43 (2/25/2020)
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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Last Updated: 2/21/2020

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1700 1700 1725 2375 2525 2700 2775 2925 4500 8600 10700 28500 70000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1640
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: 2/25/2020 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----29552152113333863272643122-------1639
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---------32-21--------8
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Total----29552152113333893292645132-------1647
 ----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
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250230223682464252525852699288540485367668588291051527592531885490356658584556029462175
19442239226723242400248425452623276132734488580674009391162073612453760554885725759068609210
0000002545262327613273448858067400939116207361245376055488572575906800
0000002565266128233660492762468114995321900446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: ASK123
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4048
Owner: BRS Numismatics
 
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