Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,048,550
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1448.50 (8/23/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1894 S $20 MS obverse 1894 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1894-S gold double eagle had a mintage of over a million coins. However, the majority of those entered circulation where they were well used. Some were even sent to Europe where they obtained even more wear or were even melted. Due to this, most survivors tend to be in the low mint state range of MS61-62. This issue is a very rare find in choice, and is exceedingly rare in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1894 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1800 1800 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810 2000 2225 2750 4375 30000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3850 6100 - - - -
1894 S $20 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 2200 3100 3500 4600 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5836
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

The chart showing F series, 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: 8/20/2019 1894 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---158145214132334623301992611918-----5796
------------355-------13
------------1432------10
-------------1--------1
Total---158145214132334623342002619938-----5820
 ---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %6 %6 %40 %34 %11 %2 %0 %----- 
1894 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------5512143-------39
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Total----------5512143-------39
 ----------13 %13 %31 %36 %8 %------- 
1894 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1----------1
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Total-----------1----------1
 -----------100 %---------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2054, 2054/Lot# 2145 $522.50
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 4358 $6,010.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 12789 $1,955.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1737 $2,760.00
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2118 $1,782.50
4/28/2013 NGC AU 58   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 801 $1,924.00
6/3/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1092 $1,638.00
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202820 $4,600.00
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21192 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 $20 MS S Prooflike
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Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905582798412465166062537039231
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224232495291037274654638394781384519527299900
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727465463839478138451952700
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339595118718310971152262244900
1894 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312243330094231820084318615123861809626843
220422212228223522422250225822632271228422972305235226253416555482778492987214289210120
00000022582263227122842297230523522625341655548277849298721428900
000000226022662275228923002309239328173824687783548554111291619300
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 2617
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2433
Owner: 2011CoinGuy
 
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