Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 859,600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1440.47 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 S $20 MS obverse 1888 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a relatively healthy mintage of 859,600 pieces,one would not expect the 1888-S gold double eagle to be too rare. Actually, in grades through lower mint state, it isn't. However, Most seemed to have been put into circulation or were mishandled in bags as above MS63 this issue becomes quite rare. It's extremely rare in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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1888 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1530 1530 1540 1560 1560 1570 1610 1660 1910 2075 2325 3850 11000 38500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2700 4700 18000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2689
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

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, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----381392457315177950866223364-----2685
-------------22-------4
------------12--------3
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Total----381392457315177951870225364-----2692
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %12 %7 %35 %32 %8 %1 %0 %----- 
1888 S $20 MS Prooflike
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Base---------1--12--------4
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Total---------1--12--------4
 ---------25 %--25 %50 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 5675 $9,531.20
3/14/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26033, 26033/Lot# 13403 $977.50
4/9/2012 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3256, 3256/Lot# 3029 $1,650.00
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1335 $3,861.00
11/25/2012 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 727, 736/Lot# 1281 $2,240.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 5431 $2,293.60
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1875 $2,585.00
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22586 $1,850.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228523192335249528603712608999181026010570153822273134082
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242388261731444504736510032103631217417832265150
00000022652271228022962324238826173144450473651003210363121741783200
00000022672275228323082330244227383428529786421014610467137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: Estern
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3144
Owner: Timely
 
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