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: $1440.02 (10/21/2019)
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: 10/18/2019

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1905 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1770 1770 1780 1780 1780 1780 1990 2075 2275 3750 5200 22750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2300 4100 5700 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2323
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: 10/8/2019 1905 S $20 MS
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Base----36191819551651046518073451059-----2306
------------11-2------4
----------1--71118------37
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Total----36191819551661046528153561259-----2347
 ----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
5/15/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 243 $3,162.50
7/7/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2554, 2554/Lot# 2255 $1,176.00
10/23/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 2409 $3,220.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2505 $2,300.00
1/9/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211013/Lot# 24927 $1,610.00
4/1/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 43077 $1,760.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1372 $3,510.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5711 $7,475.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6489 $1,410.00


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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