Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 774,700
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1274.39 (7/25/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 S $20 MS obverse 1889 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

According to Doug Winter, 'A few small hoards of 1889-S Double Eagles have entered the market from overseas sources. Nearly all of the coins from these groups were heavily bagmarked and graded between About Uncirculated-58 and Mint State-62.'

Bowers' book on double eagles writes: 'The formula for San Francisco Mint double eagles of the 1880s holds true for this, the concluding year: examples are readily available in circulated grades and in Mint State from 60 to 62. Any higher grade coin is rare, curiously so.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1889 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1515 1520 1525 1530 1540 1550 1560 1580 1625 1800 1950 2600 4300 12000 34000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3350 6000 15250 - - - -
1889 S $20 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1947
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/28/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7454 $833.75
5/31/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2668 $834.00
7/3/2007 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27072, 27072/Lot# 13336 $805.00
1/25/2009 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #69021, 69021/Lot# 61464 $1,725.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1862 $1,552.50
10/9/2011 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 2781 $1,955.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1337 $4,797.00
6/8/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198705 $1,331.17
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 355 $1,600.05


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972219222622332250225422642268227822852319233524332860380060488515984814634220563368152060
22042221222822392251225722652271228022962324236825753173454968708959114431710825931398070
0000002265227122802296232423682575317345496870895911443171082593100
0000002267227522832308233024002718348752997693940413039195822980600
1889 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823312338234523522360237123742381239224102417252530093952628288171018415084226653451353206
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412245326863323472971279273118171761126614407440
0000002372237623852398241224532686332347297127927311817176112661400
0000002373237923882404241524892848363855057972972813451201383056400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6048
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3800
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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