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: $1646.93 (3/6/2021)
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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Last Updated: 3/5/2021

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1903 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1770 1770 1770 1790 1800 1815 1815 1815 1845 1895 2050 2125 3850 4275 16000 - - - - -
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1903 S $20 MS PL
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6625
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1903 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1461424122329182625831400277231----6610
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Total-----1461424122329182625921402282231----6626
 -----0%0%0%0%0%2%5%28%39%21%4%0%0%---- 
1903 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1671-------15
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Total-----------1671-------15
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 S $20 MS PL
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Base2516251625162516252925362539254625462546256526013009323835393693648869217375785185289247
2516251625162520253125372541254625462552257727373085333835904625663270727534807787689709
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0000002544254625462559258928733162343936425556677772247692830200
1903 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2397239723972397241024172420242624262426244524802570261433863535624866697111757482348935
2397239723972401241224182422242624262432245725102585287134364439638868167265779484689382
0000002422242624262432245725102585287134364439638868167265779400
0000002424242624262439246825402599312934855344652969647420801400
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3539
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3386
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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