Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 954,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1454.03 (8/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1903 S $20 MS obverse 1903 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although the San Francisco Mint produced only 954,000 double eagles in 1903, the coins are usually well made. However, they are still large coins made of soft gold and often come with numerous bag marks and abrasions. Gem coins are extremely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1903 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1800 1800 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810 1840 2375 3650 16500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2525 5000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6585
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1903 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----145152112032618232565139327523-----6571
-------------411------6
-------------4-6------10
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Total-----145152112032618232573139428223-----6587
 -----0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %5 %28 %39 %21 %4 %0 %----- 
1903 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1661-------14
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Total-----------1661-------14
 -----------7 %43 %43 %7 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/6/2000 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2000 October Long Beach Sale #238, 238/Lot# 7946 $805.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1286 $920.00
4/3/2006 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2184, 2184/Lot# 1821 $728.00
8/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 62049 $2,970.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1186 $1,638.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 309 $3,350.00
7/17/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6194 $3,055.00
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1233/Lot# 4603 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322402247225722612268227822952302231223522671352563627632835390691158316585
22042221222822352242225022582263227122842297230523252458295644716785787285929907132500
0000002258226322712284229723052325245829564471678578728592990700
00000022602266227522892300230923392565324054167209811388301074500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2671
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2671
Owner: Steve Svizzero
 
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