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: $1728.90 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S $20 MS obverse 1879 S $20 MS reverse
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Last Updated: 12/1/2020

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1879 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 1875 1885 1900 1900 1900 - - - - - - - - - - - -
1879 S $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 3750 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1419
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: 11/24/2020 1879 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----101938365119163212425057--------1408
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Total----101938365119163212425257--------1410
 ----1%1%3%3%4%14%45%9%18%4%-------- 
1879 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3422--------11
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Total----------3422--------11
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S $20 MS PL
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Base24032466253125972664273328032873294530203094317033864472702311590192123197853415895029202094589
24242487255326192687275628262897297030443119324237485322854514130234673912365444903419287699318
000000282628972970304431193242374853228545141302346739123654449034100
0000002849292129953069314433144110617210067166712772246269774739118000
1879 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2289235024122476254026062674274328122884295630303817650990849632121721870229069456674720048771
23092371243324972562262926972766283629082981329247147367926710479143492215834602461784772451210
000000269727662836290829813292471473679267104791434922158346024617800
000000272027892860293230053555561282269449113251652525613401344668900
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1089
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 703
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 623
US Type Set, 1792-1964 569
Gold Type Set 1834-1933 348
Nickel Five Cents Type Set 292
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 202
Gold Type Set 1795-1933 196
Liberty Head Double Eagles, Type 3, 1877-1907, Mint State and Proof 185
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Mint State and Proof 183
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 150
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 132
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 108
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 108
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 105
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Circulation Issues 104
Shield Nickels 1866-1883, Circulation Issue 101
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 100
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 86
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, One-Per-Date 84
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 57
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 55
Gold Type Set, 1834-1933, Circulated Coins Only 50
19th Century Gold Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 47
Liberty Head Double Eagles, 1850-1907, Circulated Coins Only 40
1879 Mint Set 36
Shield Nickels 1866-1883, Circulated Coins Only 29
San Francisco Gold, Complete Circulation Issue 25
Liberty Head Double Eagles, Type 3, 1877-1907, Circulation Issues 25
San Francisco $20, Circulation Issue 23
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4714
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 3030
Owner: Love Libs
 
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