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: $1413.03 (12/6/2019)
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: 11/1/2019

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1888 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1530 1530 1550 1570 1570 1580 1620 1670 1920 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: 12/3/2019 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----381392457316177949867222364-----2685
-------------22-------4
------------12--------3
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Total----381392457316177950871224364-----2692
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %12 %7 %35 %32 %8 %1 %0 %----- 
1888 S $20 MS PL
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Base---------1--12--------4
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Total---------1--12--------4
 ---------25 %--25 %50 %-------- 

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12/7/2019 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2019 December 5 - 7 US Coins Signature Auction Session(4), 1302/Lot# 7817


Auction Prices Realized

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3/3/2004 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1852, 1852/Lot# 1606 $550.00
1/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2239 $828.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3119 $1,437.50
4/29/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 48983 $1,958.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1336 $4,095.00
6/15/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131425/Lot# 28306 $4,347.50
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21177 $1,410.00
9/7/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1239/Lot# 8811 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
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Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228523192335249528603712608999181026010570153822273134082
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242388261731444504736510032103631217417832265150
00000022652271228022962324238826173144450473651003210363121741783200
00000022672275228323082330244227383428529786421014610467137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: Estern
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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