Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 44,070
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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1889 $20 MS obverse 1889 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Compared to some of the earlier 1880's issues, the Philadelphia Mint struck a relatively healthy mintage of 44,070 double eagles in 1889. However, most of those ended up getting thoroughly beat up in bags or circulation. Today, this date is quite rare, especially in mint state. NGC has not graded an examples above MS63.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2019

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1889 $20 MS
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Base $ 1410 1415 1420 1710 1710 1720 1720 1750 1880 2650 3350 3750 16750 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 532
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------12323707017617881------532
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-------------21-------3
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Total------12323707017618091------535
 ------0 %0 %1 %4 %13 %13 %33 %34 %2 %0 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1394, 1394/Lot# 1711 $896.75
1/28/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7446 $517.50
6/29/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 6743 $1,955.00
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3591 $11,502.30
3/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131314/Lot# 21533 $1,938.75
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 179511 $2,444.44
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2675 $4,406.25
7/20/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 813, 822/Lot# 795 $5,451.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617461752427501109101611724156366991
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412242324953284482559958637126461879728337366990
0000002372237623852398241224232495328448255995863712646187972833700
0000002373237923882404241524282556395050346748977414381214763251800
1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228525852936305736396651674672331055715644235183582837110
22042221222822392251225722652271228023852702297632514643668369088341122531826927621362550
0000002265227122802385270229763251464366836908834112253182692762100
0000002267227522832485281930173445564767147071944913948208933172500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3639
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 1134
Owner: davidmckay
 
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