Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,470,250
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: $1165.26 (5/30/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S $20 MS obverse 1897 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of several heavily repatriated S-mint double eagle issues of the late 19th century, the 1897-S is generally available in lesser Mint State grades. For the collector who seeks a more attractive example, however, the options are far more limited. Garrett and Guth observe that MS64 pieces are elusive, if slightly more available than for other San Francisco issues from the same time period.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/20/2015

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1897 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1690 1700 1715 1740 1765 1800 2450 3400 23500 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3000 4750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12640
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/1998 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 7331 $3,680.00
4/16/2002 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22044, 22044/Lot# 17668 $391.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1274 $920.00
1/2/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27012, 27012/Lot# 13605 $1,063.75
9/3/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 174, 180/Lot# 1915 $724.50
4/15/2012 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3259, 3259/Lot# 2770 $1,550.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1125 $1,989.00
9/29/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 140978 $1,457.50
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12101 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022312240127273194701488499986111981227117626
2204222122282235224222502258226322712284229723052342251028834467762692281039011556140560
000000225822632271228422972305234225102883446776269228103901155600
000000226022662275228923002309237126183038574182379607107941191300
1897 S $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905367798412465153042330635932
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224232495291037274582623994781341117971275150
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727458262399478134111797100
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339594975711210971143582063900
1897 S $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161916631707176218121865191619692025208321392197236825852754291034473984682099182199236947
163416781725177918301882193419882044210221582254244026412806308936264929785313943269770
00000019341988204421022158225424402641280630893626492978531394300
00000019512006206421202178231125132698285832683805587588851796700
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3496
Owner: The Arlington Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3194
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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