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: $1762.91 (5/7/2021)
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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Last Updated: 5/7/2021

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1889 $20 MS
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Base $ 1890 1890 1890 1910 1920 1935 1935 1935 1965 2500 3000 5650 14500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 6000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 539
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: 5/4/2021 1889 $20 MS
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Base------12426737017917581------539
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Total------12426737017917791------542
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS PL
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Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617461752427501109101611724156366991
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412242324953284482559958637126461879728337366991
0000002372237623852398241224232495328448255995863712646187972833700
0000002373237923882404241524282556395050346748977414381214763251800
1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228525852936305736396651674672331055715644235183582837110
220422212228223922512257226522712280238527022976325146436683690883411225318269276213625538966
0000002265227122802385270229763251464366836908834112253182692762100
0000002267227522832485281930173445564767147071944913948208933172500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3639
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3057
Owner: edinparkmo
 
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