Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,143,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1455.74 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1895 S $20 MS obverse 1895 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although the 1895-S double eagle had a mintage of over 1.1 million coins, this is a major conditional rarity. While very available in grades of MS63 and lower, above that this issue becomes much scarcer. In fact, NGC has only graded 11 in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1895 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1790 1790 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1830 1880 2225 4500 11900 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2000 3000 6100 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7674
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1895 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---141128224640441530372661823173101----7618
------------463-------13
------------184-------13
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Total---141128224640441530422675830173101----7644
 ---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %5 %5 %40 %35 %11 %2 %0 %0 %---- 
1895 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------831142-------55
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-------------2--------2
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Total-----------831162-------57
 -----------14 %54 %28 %4 %------- 
1895 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
3/20/2001 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21033, 21033/Lot# 5784 $975.00
3/14/2005 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2013, 2013/Lot# 2132 $577.50
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# 1741 $2,530.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1099 $1,872.00
9/29/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 83233 $1,954.70
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1241 $2,300.00
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21193 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1895 $20 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905367798412465153042330635932
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224232495291037274582623994781341117971275150
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727458262399478134111797100
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339594975711210971143582063900
1895 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312236827813885608970937800110791600023477
220422212228223522422250225822632271228422972305233125063149462064247329889312719184920
00000022582263227122842297230523312506314946206424732988931271900
00000022602266227522892300230923492643351753546758756499861436000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2781
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2781
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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