Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 774,700
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1437.89 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 S $20 MS obverse 1889 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of over 774,000 coins, the 1889-S double eagle is not an overly rare coin today. However, it is usually found in either circulated condition or in low mint state. Most MS examples tend to be in the MS60-62 range. Higher grade examples exist, but are rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1889 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1530 1530 1530 1550 1550 1580 1650 1680 1900 1950 2500 3500 10500 32000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2800 4300 12000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2086
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: 10/8/2019 1889 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----8412102248254125731618196379-----2074
------------112-------4
-------------258------15
---------------1------1
Total----8412102248254125732621203469-----2094
 ----0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %2 %12 %6 %35 %30 %10 %2 %0 %----- 
1889 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-1721-------12
-----------------------
---------------1------1
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Total---------1-17211------13
 ---------8 %-8 %54 %15 %8 %8 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/22/2004 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1847, 1847/Lot# 1292 $715.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2557 $1,560.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1862 $1,552.50
12/18/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 27031 $1,725.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4417 $2,585.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1067 $2,925.00
7/13/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 207323 $1,477.30
8/3/2014 PCGS MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 840 $1,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823312338234523522360237123742381239224102417252530093952628288171018415084226653451353206
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412245326863323472971279273118171761126614407440
0000002372237623852398241224532686332347297127927311817176112661400
0000002373237923882404241524892848363855057972972813451201383056400
1889 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972219222622332250225422642268227822852319233524332860380060488515984814634220563368152060
22042221222822392251225722652271228022962324236825753173454968708959114431710825931398070
0000002265227122802296232423682575317345496870895911443171082593100
0000002267227522832308233024002718348752997693940413039195822980600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6048
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 6048
Owner: kjlkkba
 
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