Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,575,175
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1381.11 (7/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 S $20 MS obverse 1898 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This particular issue clearly spent a lot of time in bags. Most 1898-S double eagles have numerous bag marks and abrasion. Due to this, the coin is very common in lower mint state grades through MS64. From MS64 to 65, however, the population drops by 90%.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2019

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1898 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1410 1415 1420 1710 1710 1720 1720 1720 1720 1730 1730 1760 1880 2700 8600 27500 100000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1775 2150 3000 13650 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23659
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, 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: 7/16/2019 1898 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--11952218309484670269429292429711781053----23545
-------------1185------24
-------------252626------77
---------------1------1
Total--11952218309484670269429328433112101053----23647
 --0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %3 %29 %39 %18 %5 %0 %0 %---- 
1898 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------374536171------109
-------------12-------3
--------------2-------2
-----------------------
Total----------374537211------114
 ----------3 %6 %39 %32 %18 %1 %------ 
1898 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------221-------5
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-----------------------
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Total------------221-------5
 ------------40 %40 %20 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/12/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1470, 1470/Lot# 1101 $448.38
1/25/2004 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3435 $518.00
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8870 $575.00
3/28/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #32, 36/Lot# 605 $661.25
2/18/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67024, 67024/Lot# 24392 $1,092.50
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 9028 $2,760.00
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1138 $1,755.00
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 133609 $1,633.50
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12103 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 $20 MS S Prooflike
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Base2572263827062775284629182991306631413218329733773602383940864360461955877288105541553523206
259426602729279828702942301630913166324433233452368139214177444649416154837612214180920
00000030163091316632443323345236813921417744464941615483761221400
00000030413116319232703350352737604003426845325264672194651387400
1898 $20 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2740281028812775302729183179325733363417349935833818406543234594487658807543108891598723827
276328332881285930273005320532833363344435273661390041514413468852106434865812588186000
00000032053283336334443527366139004151441346885210643486581258800
00000032313309339034713555373939824237450347825545698897731428700
1898 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base245125162581264827162785285629283001307631523229344736773916416844315367612985281207817394
24722537260326702739280828802952302631013177330135233756400042554743562169289711138500
0000002880295230263101317733013523375640004255474356216928971100
00000029042976305131263203337436003836408443435055587577281089400
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Grade: MS 63 DPL
Points: 4323
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4000
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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