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: $1446.87 (8/22/2019)
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: 8/16/2019

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1897 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1800 1800 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810 1870 2150 3500 19500 35000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2300 4300 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 14150
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: 8/20/2019 1897 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----449121966594481443255132425485241----14069
------------15113------20
-------------813581-----80
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Total----449121966594481443355262449546251----14169
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %3 %31 %39 %17 %4 %0 %0 %---- 
1897 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------312830161------79
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Total----------312830161------79
 ----------4 %1 %35 %38 %20 %1 %------ 
1897 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-1-------2
--------------1-------1
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Total------------1-2-------3
 ------------33 %-67 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/7/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1414, 1414/Lot# 1770 $791.25
4/24/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 1155 $782.00
10/30/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 10263 $661.25
7/15/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67074, 67074/Lot# 25093 $2,127.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2582 $1,092.50
8/28/2011 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/28/2011, 133/Lot# 15725 $3,025.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1130 $1,872.00
4/1/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8138 $1,351.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $20 MS S Prooflike
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Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905367798412465153042330635932
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224232495291037274582623994781341117971275150
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727458262399478134111797100
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339594975711210971143582063900
1897 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312240127273194701488499986111981227117626
2204222122282235224222502258226322712284229723052342251028834467762692281039011556140560
000000225822632271228422972305234225102883446776269228103901155600
000000226022662275228923002309237126183038574182379607107941191300
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3496
Owner: Deepc5
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3496
Owner: The Arlington Collection
 
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