Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 802,750
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1233.27 (5/5/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1890 S $20 MS obverse 1890 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1890-S is scarcer than the 1888-S and the 1889-S, especially in MS63 and higher grades. In MS64, this is a rare issue.

High grade Type Three San Francisco double eagles were actively promoted during 1999 and 2000 and prices rose substantially. They have currently fallen somewhat and can now be purchased for more reasonable levels. If you have considered putting together a set of high grade coins from this mint, they are not being heavily promoted at the moment and as such are excellent values at current levels.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/19/2015

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1890 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1675 1680 1700 1715 1725 1775 2000 2400 5500 14250 27500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1766
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/4/2004 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1827, 1827/Lot# 1280 $880.00
9/14/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24093, 24093/Lot# 14628 $862.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2560 $13,800.00
4/16/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 135, 140/Lot# 2865 $747.50
3/4/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131211/Lot# 30555 $1,840.00
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 105168 $1,759.99
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1071 $1,755.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20730 $2,026.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972219222622332250225422642268227822852319233537474617556371981238019049296494663674059118626
220422212228223922512257226522712280229623242806403749326108892514603225823531155777889150
00000022652271228022962324280640374932610889251460322582353115577700
000000226722752283230823303276432752486653106531682626116409746491800
1890 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5756207157838618708758828949039169259339491092151526023984682099182199236947
5906527388098648728778868979079199289389971233187730634929785313943269770
000000877886897907919928938997123318773063492978531394300
0000008808909009129229309441044137422403523587588851796700
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3747
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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