1870-S $20 AU53

CERTIFICATION#: -4546
PCGS#: 8959

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1870-S is a moderately scarce date in the lower grades (EF or less) and very scarce in AU. In strictly uncirculated condition it is rare and choice or gem quality examples, while known, are very rare. Overall, the 1870-S is similar in rarity to the 1869-S, 1871-S, 1872-S and 1873-S as well as such Type I S-Mint issues as the 1858-S, 1859-S and 1863-S. I have seen only a couple of choice uncs of this date and the collector looking for an 1870-S will likely have to settle for something in the VF-AU range.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained sixteen 1870-S $20s, many of which were ungradeable.  However, of those that were gradeable, three came out at PCGS MS62, representing the finest grade for the date and nearly doubling the population of "Finest Known" 1870-S Double Eagles.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 982,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
4
1,345
6
1,350
8
1,355
10
1,360
12
1,365
15
1,370
20
1,375
25
1,380
5
45+
1,410
50+
1,575
53+
1,910
58+
4,800
62+
35,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,892 R-4.0 23 / 31 TIE 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 19 / 31 68 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62+ PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade