Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,470,250
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1729.87 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S $20 MS obverse 1897 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Of the original mintage of over 1.4 million coins, many ended up in Europe. Plenty of those coins have made their way back to the US, but often in lower mint state grades. This coin is hard to find in MS64, and it is extremely rare in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2020

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1897 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 1875 1885 1900 1900 1900 1930 1980 - - - - - - - - - -
1897 S $20 MS PL
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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: 14236
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1897 S $20 MS
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Base----449142070604481442955672437487231----14150
----------1-16103------21
-------------913531-----76
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Total----449142070605481443055822460543241----14247
 ----0%0%0%0%0%0%4%3%31%39%17%4%0%0%---- 
1897 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------522931161------84
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Total----------522931161------84
 ----------6%2%35%37%19%1%------ 
1897 S $20 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-1-------2
--------------1-------1
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Total------------1-2-------3
 ------------33%-67%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $20 MS PL
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Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905367798412465153042330635932
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412242324952910372745826239947813411179712751537729
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727458262399478134111797100
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339594975711210971143582063900
1897 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312240127273194701488499986111981227117626
22042221222822352242225022582263227122842297230523422510288344677626922810390115561405618507
000000225822632271228422972305234225102883446776269228103901155600
000000226022662275228923002309237126183038574182379607107941191300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4467
Owner: X1X1X1
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3496
Owner: ASK123
 
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