1876-S $20 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -4565
PCGS#: 8978

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1876-S is one of the commonest of all S-Mint Liberty Head Double Eagles and it is easy to obtain in any grade from VF to average uncirculated (Unc-60). In choice mint state, however, it is very scarce and in MS-65 or better condition it is decidedly rare. As a date, the 1876-S is significantly less rare than the 1974-S or 1875-S and it is most comparable to such common later issues as the 1899-S and 1900-S. Like the 1875-CC which is relatively common, even in Unc., the 1876-S is higher priced than many of the rarer later issues only because it is a Type II and thus is in greater demand as a type coin. For example, the 1876-S is not as rare in Unc. as the 1877-S through 1882-S San Francisco Mint issues and yet an uncirculated 1876-S would probably bring more at auction than a mint state example of the others.

Ron Guth: The 1876-S $20 was well-represented in the Saddle Ridge Hoard by twenty-seven examples, all of which were gradeable except for a single coin.  The three best coins in this group graded out at PCGS MS64, which tied them with a dozen other examples for Third Finest.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,597,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,365
3
1,370
4
1,375
6
1,380
8
1,385
10
1,390
1
12
1,395
15
1,400
20
1,405
25
1,410
30
1,415
2
45+
1,430
50+
1,445
53+
1,640
55+
1,665
1
58+
2,350
4
64+
62,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 11,000 R-2.9 30 / 31 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2,250 R-4.5 29 / 31 109 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2010:2257, $207,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:7840, $31,625

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade