1877-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
8984
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,735,000
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
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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 8,500 R-3.3 35 / 73 107 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 1,550 R-4.7 34 / 73 TIE 102 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 73 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,500
60 or Better 1,550
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.3
60 or Better R-4.7
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 35 / 73
60 or Better 34 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 73 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 107 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 102 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #8984 (MS) 65

AWA Collection - Hansen Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

1 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 estimated grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #8984 (MS) 65 
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

AWA Collection - Hansen Collection

#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 estimated grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, boosted the population of 1877-S 20s by thirty-four examples, one of which was tied for Finest Known at PCGS MS65. Three others tied for Second Finest honors at PCGS MS64.

In 2009, Brian Koller, a cataloguer for Heritage Numismatic Auctions, reported an 1877-S $20 with a repunched final A in AMERICA (the underlying A leans to the right). Because dies from this period were created using hubs, where all of the design details and letterings derive from a master galvano, an anomaly such as a widely repunched letter is inexplicable. Theories include: 1) the doubling existed on the galvano; 2) dies created from the galvano had repunched A's that were corrected in the dies or resultant hubs (hence the reason thjey haven't been seen before): and 3) a corrected galvano was made and all the old dies were discarded except one or two. Koller considers the first scenario to be the most likely.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "1877-S Double Eagle Shows Repunched Letter On Reverse" by William T. Gibbs, COIN WORLD, July 13, 2009, p. 82.

David Akers (1975/88): The high mintage and "common date" status accorded the 1877-S would naturally lead most people to believe that this date is easily obtained in any grade desired. However, although the 1877-S cannot really be called a rare date, it is also far from common, especially in uncirculated condition. Most known specimens grade from VF to AU. In choice or gem mint state, the 1877-S is rare and almost never available. Overall, this date is much more rare than the 1876-S and is comparable to the 1875-S, 1883-S, 1884-S and 1902-S although it is more rare than any of those dates in mint state.