Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,813,000
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 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1905 S $20 MS obverse 1905 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1905-S Liberty double eagle had a relatively normal mintage of around 1.8 million coins. However, most circulated or picked up bag marks at some point after striking. This date is most commonly encountered in the grades of AU58 to MS63. In the choice level, the coins become more scarce, and they are nearly impossible to find in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2019

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1905 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1410 1420 1420 1710 1710 1720 1720 1720 1720 1930 2000 2200 3750 5200 22750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2300 4100 5700 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2316
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1905 S $20 MS
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Base----36191819551631036498043441079-----2299
------------11-2------4
----------1--71118------37
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Total----36191819551641036508123551279-----2340
 ----0 %0 %1 %1 %1 %2 %7 %4 %28 %35 %15 %5 %0 %----- 
1905 S $20 MS Prooflike
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Base----------1-6612------16
---------------1------1
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Total----------1-6613------17
 ----------6 %-35 %35 %6 %18 %------ 
1905 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4821 $3,795.00
9/21/2008 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2587, 2587/Lot# 3010 $1,437.50
4/1/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 43077 $1,760.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 106889 $1,601.60
6/3/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1271 $1,521.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5392 $5,434.38
12/15/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 457 $2,750.00
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1241/Lot# 4732 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 $20 MS S Prooflike
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Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342770349641908038888512465133131937028623
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412242325463012372754738320100781274815332224540
0000002372237623852398241224232546301237275473832010078127481533200
0000002373237923882404241524282658325439596755860311272130301735100
1905 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022319264334064141775685828986129031882927899
2204222122282235224222502258226322712284229723082427289736515346803187171029214878218520
000000225822632271228422972308242728973651534680318717102921487800
000000226022662275228923002313253531523896655183078851115971685400
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 5473
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3406
Owner: H.I.M. Collection
 
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