1881-S $20 MS60

PCGS#: 8995

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1881-S is a scarce and underrated date, slightly more rare than the 1880-S but not quite as difficult to obtain in Unc. Uncs are known but only a very few of them could reasonably be called choice or gem.


Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained thirty-eight 1881-S $20s, all of which were considered gradeable.  This group included nine Mint State examples, the best of which was a PCGS MS64 that tied previously existing examples for "Second Finest Known" honors.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 727,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8,812 R-3.2 36 / 73 TIE 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 537 R-5.9 25 / 73 87 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard