Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 44,070
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1251.65 (5/1/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 $20 MS obverse 1889 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Collectors of Liberty Double Eagles know that Philadelphia Mint issues from the 1880s rank among the toughest in the series. Three dates (the 1883, 1884, and 1887) are proof-only, and four others have mintages of less than 2,200 pieces (the 1881, 1882, 1885, and 1886). The remaining three dates are scarce in Mint State, but nonetheless collectible. The mintage of 44,070 pieces ensures that the 1889 is rare in Select condition, since most Uncirculated survivors are thoroughly abraded by their bag stored peers.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/19/2015

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1889 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 2200 3100 4300 18750 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 6900 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 531
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 63


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1/13/2002 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL. (FUN) Bullet Sale #281, 281/Lot# 1551 $603.75
9/12/2004 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1934, 1934/Lot# 1788 $715.00
5/4/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 9010 $1,840.00
3/16/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 1211 $1,667.50
1/24/2010 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210021, 210021/Lot# 20301 $1,495.00
6/1/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 5025 $2,990.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 179511 $2,444.44
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12081 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322502254226422682278228525852936305736396651674672331055715644235183582837110
22042221222822392251225722652271228023852702297632514643668369088341122531826927621362550
0000002265227122802385270229763251464366836908834112253182692762100
0000002267227522832485281930173445564767147071944913948208933172500
1889 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617461752427501109101611724156366991
23162333234023472355236423722376238523982412242324953284482559958637126461879728337366990
0000002372237623852398241224232495328448255995863712646187972833700
0000002373237923882404241524282556395050346748977414381214763251800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3639
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 1134
Owner: davidmckay
 
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