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: $1381.11 (7/20/2019)
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: 7/12/2019

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1888 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1410 1415 1420 1710 1710 1720 1720 1720 1720 2025 2050 2625 4300 11450 41500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3000 4900 18350 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2680
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: 7/16/2019 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----381392457312178948862222364-----2676
-------------22-------4
------------12--------3
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Total----381392457312178949866224364-----2683
 ----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
3/22/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1860, 1860/Lot# 2104 $47.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1532 $960.25
5/27/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1750 $3,105.00
8/8/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 3368 $2,875.00
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
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21177 $1,410.00


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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