Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 802,750
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1255.72 (9/25/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 S $20 MS obverse 1890 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the San Francisco Mint struck over 800,000 gold double eagles in 1890, most of those have been abused over the years. The majority of uncirculated examples seen by NGC tend to be in the lowly grade of MS61. The coin becomes quite rare in MS63 or higher.

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Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1890 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1485 1500 1515 1525 1725 1750 1775 1800 1875 1900 2100 2450 5900 13000 27500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3050 6900 20000 36500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1798
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/1/2003 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23072, 23072/Lot# 12208 $718.75
8/18/2004 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1924, 1924/Lot# 1890 $605.00
5/15/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1443 $1,322.50
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 6418 $920.00
9/30/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131241/Lot# 28326 $1,938.75
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 105721 $1,432.20
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1072 $1,755.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20880 $2,026.88
9/22/2014 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 2187 $1,328.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972219222622332250225422642268227822852319233537474617556371981238019049296494663674059118626
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242806403749326108892514603225823531155777889150
00000022652271228022962324280640374932610889251460322582353115577700
000000226722752283230823303276432752486653106531682626116409746491800
1890 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161916631707176218121865191619692025208321392197236825852754291034473984682099182199236947
163416781725177918301882193419882044210221582254244026412806308936264929785313943269770
00000019341988204421022158225424402641280630893626492978531394300
00000019512006206421202178231125132698285832683805587588851796700
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3747
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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