1879-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 #:
8991
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,233,800
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 6,225 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 21 / 73 82 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6,225
60 or Better 400
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.7
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 32 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 21 / 73
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 82 / 148
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Coinhunter 1/2007:309 - Heritage 9/28/2007:3851, not sold

3 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Coinhunter 1/2007:309 - Heritage 9/28/2007:3851, not sold

#3 MS63 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
MS62 PCGS grade #7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1879-S is more rare than the 1877-S or 1878-S and it is also rarer than the 1874-S, 1875-S and 1876-S. Although it is generally regarded as a common date, the auction data correctly show that the 1879-S is really not common at all, particularly in high grade. In low circulated grades, i.e. VF or EF, the 1879-S is only moderately scarce and it can usually be located without much difficulty. However, in AU the 1879-S is scarce and in average uncirculated condition it is very scarce. Choice and gem mint state examples are known but are rare, especially gems which are virtually impossible to obtain.
Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained forty-three 1879-S Double Eagles. Two were ungradeable, four were Mint State, and one was tied for Second Finest known.