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: $1381.11 (7/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1871 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1550 1680 2025 2200 2300 2375 2400 2750 4900 6350 13500 29000 54500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1970
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1871 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----103717222432946354258982961------1969
---------1--1---------2
--------152-23--------13
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Total----1037172224330469544581013261------1984
 ----1 %2 %9 %11 %17 %24 %27 %3 %5 %2 %0 %0 %------ 
1871 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
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1714 $10,925.00
11/18/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 2601 $1,800.00
12/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 29126 $2,115.00
6/3/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1005 $1,872.00
5/26/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131323/Lot# 28966 $1,645.00
2/2/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 169399 $2,102.32
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 811, 820/Lot# 784 $1,918.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6115 $4,993.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179922332250226823352368240726002727303332384202497060077960100741209117979271134142664062100169
1944223922562290234623812471264228293101355944585316665886651074614054210243188448971760980
000000247126422829310135594458531666588665107461405421024318844897100
000000253626852931317038814714566173099369114191601624068366555651700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3238
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3238
Owner: Grandman
 
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