1879 $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 #:
8988
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
207,600
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die 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 1,850 R-4.6 20 / 73 56 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 212 R-6.8 17 / 73 73 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,850
60 or Better 212
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 73
60 or Better 17 / 73
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 56 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 73 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 estimated grade
2 MS64 estimated grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 estimated grade
#2 MS64 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1879 is a scarce date, particularly in strictly uncirculated condition. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1880. (However, it is not quite as rare as most of those other dates in unc.) When available, the 1879 can be anything from VF to AU. In Unc-60, the 1879 is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state the date is surprisingly rare.