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: $1730.12 (12/1/2020)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2020

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1890 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 1875 1885 1900 1900 1900 1930 1980 - - - - - - - - - -
1890 S $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 6250 - - - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1850
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
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: 11/24/2020 1890 S $20 MS
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Base----3815929793621516774178492-----1845
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Total----38159297936215367742084102-----1851
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1890 S $20 MS PL
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Base----------1-4---------5
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Total----------1-411-------7
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 S $20 MS PL
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Base232223492355236223682375238523912397240724262429363939844290668572707960103431129400
233123512357236423702378238723932400241324272832375440865088688075008754106601129400
000000238723932400241324272832375440865088688075008754106601129400
000000238923952404242024283236386941885887707577309549109771129400
1890 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20642113212421362143228522922302231923352385240135373817414159228247121780000
20802117212821382190228722952308232423522390278036303925473566979557121780000
00000022952308232423522390278036303925473566979557121780000
000000229923132330236823963158372440335328747210868121780000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5922
Owner: Stirling's Sets
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3817
Owner: John H Erickson
 
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