1870-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS #:
8959
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
982,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4,892 R-4.0 23 / 31 TIE 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 19 / 31 68 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,892
60 or Better 125
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-7.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 23 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 31
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 68 / 148
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS62 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

#2 MS62 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1870-S is a moderately scarce date in the lower grades (EF or less) and very scarce in AU. In strictly uncirculated condition it is rare and choice or gem quality examples, while known, are very rare. Overall, the 1870-S is similar in rarity to the 1869-S, 1871-S, 1872-S and 1873-S as well as such Type I S-Mint issues as the 1858-S, 1859-S and 1863-S. I have seen only a couple of choice uncs of this date and the collector looking for an 1870-S will likely have to settle for something in the VF-AU range.
Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained sixteen 1870-S $20s, many of which were ungradeable. However, of those that were gradeable, three came out at PCGS MS62, representing the finest grade for the date and nearly doubling the population of "Finest Known" 1870-S Double Eagles.