Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,223,800
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1444.24 (10/14/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S $20 MS obverse 1879 S $20 MS reverse
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Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1879 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1530 1530 1750 1770 1800 1960 2025 2025 2700 3750 14600 39500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 4500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1399
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1879 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----101938364918363111825054--------1388
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------------1---------1
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Total----101938364918363111825154--------1389
 ----1 %1 %3 %3 %4 %13 %45 %8 %18 %4 %-------- 
1879 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3422--------11
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Total----------3422--------11
 ----------27 %36 %18 %18 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2006 NGC MS 60   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 5657 $2,300.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1739 $3,105.00
9/28/2010 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2933, 2933/Lot# 1278 $1,350.00
12/8/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(5), 1162/Lot# 10121 $1,840.00
3/25/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43130 $1,705.00
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1042 $1,755.00
7/28/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 745 $1,575.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3533 $14,722.75
9/5/2019 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1299/Lot# 4052 $11,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $20 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24032466253125972664273328032873294530203094317033864472702311590192123197853415895029202094589
2424248725532619268727562826289729703044311932423748532285451413023467391236544490341928760
000000282628972970304431193242374853228545141302346739123654449034100
0000002849292129953069314433144110617210067166712772246269774739118000
1879 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2289235024122476254026062674274328122884295630303817650990849632121721870229069456674720048771
2309237124332497256226292697276628362908298132924714736792671047914349221583460246178477240
000000269727662836290829813292471473679267104791434922158346024617800
000000272027892860293230053555561282269449113251652525613401344668900
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 799
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 515
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 470
US Type Set, 1792-1964 358
Gold Type Set 1834-1933 278
Nickel Five Cents Type Set 208
Liberty Head Double Eagles, Type 3, 1877-1907, Mint State and Proof 183
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Mint State and Proof 147
Gold Type Set 1795-1933 135
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 105
Shield Nickels 1866-1883, Circulation Issue 93
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 74
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, One-Per-Date 62
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Circulation Issues 51
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 46
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 32
19th Century Gold Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 29
1879 Mint Set 25
Gold Type Set, 1834-1933, Circulated Coins Only 24
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 20
San Francisco $20, Circulation Issue 16
San Francisco Gold, Complete Circulation Issue 14
Liberty Head Double Eagles, Type 3, 1877-1907, Circulation Issues 12
Shield Nickels 1866-1883, Circulated Coins Only 11
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Circulated Coins Only 10
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4714
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2956
Owner: 2011CoinGuy
 
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