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: $1226.69 (5/28/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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1888 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1485 1500 1515 1525 1600 1625 1650 1700 1750 1875 1950 2425 4300 11450 47500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3000 4900 18350 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2611
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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6/11/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3947


Auction Prices Realized

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12/27/2000 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1389, 1389/Lot# 1692 $685.75
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1803 $448.50
5/15/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1438 $943.00
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 4081 $920.00
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
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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