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: $1810.14 (5/18/2021)
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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Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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1888 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1935 1935 1935 1955 1965 1980 1980 1980 2000 2050 2225 2550 4525 10000 31000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2750 5000 18000 - - - -
1888 S $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 6250 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2697
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: 5/18/2021 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----381392664316178951864221364-----2693
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------------16--------7
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Total----381392664316178952872223364-----2704
 ----0%0%0%0%1%2%12%7%35%32%8%1%0%----- 
1888 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--12--------4
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Total---------1--12--------4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
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Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228523192335249528603712608999181026010570153822273134082
2204222122282239225122572265227122802296232423882617314445047365100321036312174178322651535786
00000022652271228022962324238826173144450473651003210363121741783200
00000022672275228323082330244227383428529786421014610467137782028100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 9918
Owner: John H Erickson
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3712
Owner: Estern
 
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