Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 170,395
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1436.04 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 $20 MS obverse 1898 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of double eagles dropped to only 170,395 coins in 1898. This low mintage, coupled with normal attrition and melting, makes this date quite scarce, especially in mint state. This coin is scarce in MS63, rare in MS64, and unknown in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1898 $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1770 1770 1780 1780 1780 2000 2125 2550 2575 5000 15500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3075 5150 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1817
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1898 $20 MS
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Base-----11221716110358072819722------1814
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----------1--21-------4
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Total-----11221716210358073019822------1818
 -----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %9 %6 %32 %40 %11 %1 %------ 
1898 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--2--------3
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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
12/31/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1011, 1011/Lot# 1874 $527.50
1/15/2002 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22014, 22014/Lot# 17559 $718.75
9/24/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 180, 186/Lot# 1759 $1,495.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3467 $1,437.50
3/25/2012 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43076 $2,145.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1136 $2,925.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131417/Lot# 22456 $1,703.75
10/3/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22385 $1,468.75
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3646 $4,817.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241726172941415765277233790310124112351134811786
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224842725334649476762745686431049411273114940
000000237223762385239824122484272533464947676274568643104941127300
000000237323792388240424152550283337525737699876809384108651131000
1898 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022495280739846286697376259789108741098411412
2204222122282235224222502258226322712284229723662599319947516515719083461015110911111270
000000225822632271228422972366259931994751651571908346101511091100
000000226022662275228923002431270335925519674474089068105121094700
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2495
Owner: Timely
 
Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 2410
Owner: Grandman
 
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