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: $1721.82 (11/30/2020)
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%.

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Last Updated: 11/30/2020

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1898 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1845 1845 1845 1865 1875 1890 1890 1890 1920 1970 - - - - - - - - - -
1898 S $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3000 3500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3700 - - - - - -
1898 S $20 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5250 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 24384
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: 11/24/2020 1898 S $20 MS
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Base--119522173510085870570309693447912001053----24263
------------11185------25
-------------262831------85
---------------1------1
Total--119522173510085870570319730451512371053----24374
 --0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%4%3%29%40%19%5%0%0%---- 
1898 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------374838172------115
-------------13-------4
-------------12-------3
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Total----------374840222------122
 ----------2%6%39%33%18%2%------ 
1898 S $20 MS DPL
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Base------------231-------6
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Total------------231-------6
 ------------33%50%17%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 S $20 MS PL
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Base2572263827062775284629182991306631413218329733773602383940864360461955877288105541553523206
2594266027292798287029423016309131663244332334523681392141774446494161548376122141809224366
00000030163091316632443323345236813921417744464941615483761221400
00000030413116319232703350352737604003426845325264672194651387400
1898 S $20 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2740281028812775302729183179325733363417349935833818406543234594487658807543108891598723827
2763283328812859302730053205328333633444352736613900415144134688521064348658125881860025018
00000032053283336334443527366139004151441346885210643486581258800
00000032313309339034713555373939824237450347825545698897731428700
1898 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base245125162581264827162785285629283001307631523229344736773916416844315367612985281207817394
247225372603267027392808288029523026310131773301352337564000425547435621692897111385018264
0000002880295230263101317733013523375640004255474356216928971100
00000029042976305131263203337436003836408443435055587577281089400
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Grade: MS 63 DPL
Points: 4323
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 4168
Owner: ChiefUSNret99
 
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