1885-S $20 MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 13089487
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
1,445
1
4
1,450
6
1,455
8
1,460
10
1,465
12
1,470
15
1,475
20
1,480
1
25
1,485
30
1,490
2
40
1,500
5
45
1,500
17
45+
1,500
50+
1,515
53+
1,515
55+
1,525
58+
1,550
1
63+
6,950
10
64+
19,500
1
65
37,500
1

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