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: $1279.04 (8/27/2016)
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: 2572
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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5/29/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 2169 $759.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3448 $8,050.00
12/12/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210123/Lot# 24486 $4,168.75
5/27/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3283, 3283/Lot# 2496 $1,897.50
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1065 $3,744.00
6/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5882 $2,232.50
7/20/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207652 $3,742.20
12/5/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20588 $1,468.75


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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