1871 $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS #:
8960
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
80,120
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 680 R-5.6 5 / 31 TIE 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 6 / 31 TIE 29 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 680
60 or Better 20
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2010:3578, $51,750 - Heritage 1/2011:5262, $63,250 - Heritage 6/2011:4925, $60,375 - Gator Man Collection - Heritage 1/2018:5120, $55,200

3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3719, $54,625 - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12043, $44,062.50

4 MS63 estimated grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade PCGS #8960 (MS)     62
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #1 MS64 PCGS grade

AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2010:3578, $51,750 - Heritage 1/2011:5262, $63,250 - Heritage 6/2011:4925, $60,375 - Gator Man Collection - Heritage 1/2018:5120, $55,200

#3 MS63+ PCGS grade
#4 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3719, $54,625 - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12043, $44,062.50

#4 MS63 estimated grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
PCGS #8960 (MS)     62 #8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Among all the $20 gold coins issued with the Liberty Head design, the 1871 is ranked 35th in terms of rarity. In overall population, it is scarce, but it is not as rare as the 1859, 1862, 1863, 1868, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, and 1892. In Mint State, the 1871 $20 is rare. Akers claimed to have seen a blazing Gem, but neither PCGS nor NGC has graded or certified it yet - the finest examples seen by them top out at MS64.

David Akers (1975/88):

The 1871 is one of the rarest P-Mint twenties, distinctly surpassed in overall rarity by only the 1861 Paquet and the seven ultra low mintage issues from 1881 to 1887. (It is also just a little less rare overall than the 1859.) As a date, the 1871 is about on a par rarity-wise with the 1862 and 1868 as well as the 1873 Closed 3 and the popular, low mintage 1891. Most known 1871 twenties grade EF or AU although, of course, some well worn ones are also around. In strictly uncirculated condition the 1871 is rare, a little more so, in fact, than either the 1862 or 1868. I have seen one blazing gem 65+ coin.