1878-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

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PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
8987
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,739,000
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 11,475 R-2.9 40 / 73 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 875 R-5.2 29 / 73 TIE 94 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 11,475
60 or Better 875
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-5.2
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 40 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 94 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2006:4139, $23,000

1 MS63 PCGS grade

RNB Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3733, $18,400

1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2006:4139, $23,000

#1 MS63 PCGS grade

RNB Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3733, $18,400

#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1878-S is most definitely not a common date. It is not particularly scarce in circulated grades but in strictly uncirculated condition it is very difficult to find. Overall, the 1878-S is more rare than the 1875-S and 1877-S and on a par with the 1874-S. It is far rarer than the common 1876-S. This date is most often available in EF or lower grades although AU's are also seen fairly often. In average uncirculated condition, the 1878-S is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state it is decidedly rare. In my opinion, this issue, as well as the 1879-S, 1880-S, 1881-S, and 1882-S, are all very underrated in uncirculated condition.
Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained thirty-four 1878-S $20s, of which twenty-seven were gradeable, four were Mint State, and one was tied for Finest Known.