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: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
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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Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1870 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1550 1680 2150 2300 2450 2525 2900 4500 8600 10700 28500 70000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1649
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: 10/8/2019 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----29552152113323823422642122-------1648
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---------42-2---------8
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Total----29552152113323863442644122-------1656
 ----2 %3 %13 %13 %20 %23 %21 %2 %3 %1 %0 %------- 
1870 S $20 MS Prooflike
 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
10/24/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 3242 $2,530.00
11/20/2007 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2452, 2452/Lot# 1193 $1,736.00
1/31/2010 NGC AU 50   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2357 $1,409.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 5128 $10,925.00
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1003 $3,744.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31289 $1,412.35
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 881 $1,650.00
6/4/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5890 $4,406.25
1/7/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7476 $1,880.00
10/3/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8427 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $20 MS S
 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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