1885-S $20 MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -4588
PCGS#: 9005

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1885-S is a moderately scarce date, comparable overall to the 1879-S and 1882-S but not as rare as either in uncirculated condition. The 1885-S is almost identical in rarity to the 1888-S and it is also very similar to the 1892-S, 1893-S, 1901-S and 1905-S. This date is usually available in grades ranging from VF to average uncirculated. I have seen a few superb examples of this date, the finest being the near perfect coin that is in a prominent Dallas Bank collection.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained twenty 1885-S Double Eagles, including five Mint State examples.  The finest example in the hoard was a PCGS MS64+, which now ranks as the Second Finest Known.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 683,500 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
3
1,400
1
4
1,375
6
1,380
8
1,385
10
1,390
12
1,395
15
1,400
20
1,405
1
25
1,410
30
1,415
2
40
1,430
5
45
1,430
19
45+
1,430
50+
1,445
53+
1,445
55+
1,465
58+
1,485
1
64+
19,500
1
65
65,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 16,500 R-2.8 45 / 73 TIE 120 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2,625 R-4.4 43 / 73 112 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 73 TIE 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

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

Saddle Ridge Hoard

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade