Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 859,600
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1304.09 (7/29/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 S $20 MS obverse 1888 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As enthusiasts of the Liberty Head double eagle coinage are acutely aware, there are many issues in the series for which lower-Mint State coins are plentiful, and higher-grade Uncirculated pieces are either rare or nonexistent. Many collectors, including the present cataloger, also believe that Type Three S-mint double eagles are also quite underrated, as well as lovely, fascinating, and highly collectible. While some of the later issues (1898-S, 1904, 1904-S) may show dozens (or thousands, in the case of the 1904) of Gem pieces certified, an S-mint Type Three from the 1880s or earlier in Gem condition is quite another story. As of this writing NGC has certified exactly nine S-mint Type Threes from 1877-S to 1889-S in MS65 condition.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1888 S $20 MS
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1888 S $20 MS Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2571
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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8/14/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8564


Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1532 $960.25
6/1/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 3777 $4,646.00
2/1/2010 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2806, 2806/Lot# 1986 $149.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1717 $3,795.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1335 $3,861.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 106903 $1,493.80
6/1/2016 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2016 CC Online, 6143/Lot# 10356 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228523192335249528603712608999181026010570153822273134082
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242388261731444504736510032103631217417832265150
00000022652271228022962324238826173144450473651003210363121741783200
00000022672275228323082330244227383428529786421014610467137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2860
Owner: J.D.A.
 
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