1879-S $20 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 13089469
PCGS#: 8991

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1879-S is more rare than the 1877-S or 1878-S and it is also rarer than the 1874-S, 1875-S and 1876-S. Although it is generally regarded as a common date, the auction data correctly show that the 1879-S is really not common at all, particularly in high grade. In low circulated grades, i.e. VF or EF, the 1879-S is only moderately scarce and it can usually be located without much difficulty. However, in AU the 1879-S is scarce and in average uncirculated condition it is very scarce. Choice and gem mint state examples are known but are rare, especially gems which are virtually impossible to obtain.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained forty-three 1879-S Double Eagles.  Two were ungradeable, four were Mint State, and one was tied for Second Finest known.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,233,800 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,435
1
3
1,465
4
1,470
6
1,475
1
8
1,480
10
1,485
15
1,495
25
1,510
3
30
1,520
6
35
1,525
12
45+
1,550
50+
1,585
53+
1,605
55+
1,670
58+
1,870
2
62+
18,000
63
35,000
4
63+
40,000
64
65,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 6,225 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 21 / 73 82 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Coinhunter 1/2007:309 - Heritage 9/28/2007:3851, not sold

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade