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1872-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS #:
8965
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
780,000
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4,782 R-4.0 23 / 31 TIE 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 65 R-8.3 15 / 31 TIE 57 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,782
60 or Better 65
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-8.3
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 23 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 57 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2015:3265, $25,850 - Heritage 12/2015:3418, $23,500

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

Heritage 2/2015:3265, $25,850 - Heritage 12/2015:3418, $23,500

#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Davie Akers was right concenring the 1872-S $20 -- it is easy to find an example in some grade but it is difficult to find a nice one. Most of the Uncirculated examples are low-end, usually in MS60 to MS61. Even MS62 examples are rare. The best example is a single PCGS MS63, indicating the lack of attention that collectors paid to this date back in 1872. Most examples are well struck and show decent luster. The key is to find an 1872-S $20 with the least number of contact marks and abrasions.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1872-S is generally available only in the lower grades, i.e. VF or EF. In AU condition the date is very scarce and in full mint state it is rare, slightly more so than the 1869-S, 1870-S or 1871-S to which the 1872-S is otherwise comparable in overall rrity. I have seen a few avarage quality uncs (bagmarked Unc-60'S with lustre) but I cannot recall ever seeing a choice or gem quality specimen. The Double Eagle collector in search of this date will probably not have all that much trouble locating one but he should not set his sights very high as far as quality is concerned.