Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 928,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1810.86 (5/18/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 S $20 MS obverse 1871 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With an estimated 80 to 100 pieces known in Uncirculated, the 1871-S is one of the most available mintmarked Type Two Double Eagles struck prior to 1873. Most of the Uncirculated examples have similar characteristics, that is, they are noticeably abraded and with average striking quality.

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Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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1871 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1935 1935 1935 1955 1965 2200 2350 2450 2750 4075 5125 11000 27000 52500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2012
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1871 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----103817222734550552058983071------2011
---------1--1---------2
--------152-34--------15
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Total----1038172227346511522581023471------2028
 ----0%2%8%11%17%25%26%3%5%2%0%0%------ 
1871 S $20 MS PL
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Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S $20 MS PL
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Base26012601260126012601261726642710279928573021358141575582793010089105941111611658122191315514143
26012601260126012606263326792740281829123208377346326365865010257107681129711845125311348414850
000000267927402818291232083773463263658650102571076811297118451253100
000000269527692838296633943965510771479369104261094211477120321284300
1871 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2480248024802480248024952540258526712727288534273984536776519756102481075811286118341274913715
2480248024802480248525102555261426902780306636134445612883539920104181093411469121391307114401
00000025552614269027803066361344456128835399201041810934114691213900
000000257026422708283232463798490668909054100841058811110116511244400
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 5582
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3984
Owner: BRS Numismatics
 
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