1878-S $20 AU58

CERTIFICATION#: -4571
PCGS#: 8987

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1878-S is most definitely not a common date. It is not particularly scarce in circulated grades but in strictly uncirculated condition it is very difficult to find. Overall, the 1878-S is more rare than the 1875-S and 1877-S and on a par with the 1874-S. It is far rarer than the common 1876-S. This date is most often available in EF or lower grades although AU's are also seen fairly often. In average uncirculated condition, the 1878-S is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state it is decidedly rare. In my opinion, this issue, as well as the 1879-S, 1880-S, 1881-S, and 1882-S, are all very underrated in uncirculated condition.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained thirty-four 1878-S $20s, of which twenty-seven were gradeable, four were Mint State, and one was tied for Finest Known.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,739,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
1
1,625
1
2
1,420
3
1,425
4
1,430
6
1,435
8
1,440
10
1,445
12
1,450
15
1,455
2
20
1,460
1
25
1,465
4
45+
1,485
50+
1,510
53+
1,520
55+
1,575
58+
1,665
1
62+
9,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 11,475 R-2.9 40 / 73 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 875 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 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade