1882-S $20 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 13089477
PCGS#: 8998

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained seventy 1882-S $20s, including two ungradeable coins, fifteen Mint State examples, and one new Second Finest Known (a single PCGS MS64+).

In July 2006, American Numismatic Rarities offered a cancelled obverse die from an 1872-dated Double Eagle, speculating that it may have come from the Carson City Mint because of a "C" stamped on the shank.  Two other Liberty Head $20 obverse dies have appeared on the market:

1877, attributed to the Carson City Mint, sold in 2002 for $23,000

1882, attributed to the San Francisco Mint, sold in 2001 for $20,700

David Akers (1975/88): The 1882-S is not a particularly scarce date but it is certainly harder to find in choice condition than most people realize. Overall, the 1882-S is similar in rarity to the 1879-S, 1885-S, 1888-S, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1901-S and 1905-S but it is much more rare in Unc. than any of those dates except the 1879-S. When available, which is fairly regularly, the 1882-S is typically only VF or EF. Choice and gem quality uncs do exist but they are surprisingly rare.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,125,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,360
1
3
1,395
4
1,370
6
1,375
8
1,380
10
1,385
12
1,390
15
1,395
20
1,400
1
25
1,405
45+
1,420
50+
1,435
53+
1,435
55+
1,455
58+
1,475
6
62+
6,000
8
63+
24,500
2
64
45,000
2
64+
55,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 6,500 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 29 / 73 TIE 94 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade