1882-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 #:
8998
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,125,000
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 6,500 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 29 / 73 TIE 94 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6,500
60 or Better 900
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.7
60 or Better R-5.2
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 32 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 101 / 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 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade
#2 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS63+ PCGS grade
#4 MS63+ PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained seventy 1882-S $20s, including two ungradeable coins, fifteen Mint State examples, and one new Second Finest Known (a single PCGS MS64+).

In July 2006, American Numismatic Rarities offered a cancelled obverse die from an 1872-dated Double Eagle, speculating that it may have come from the Carson City Mint because of a "C" stamped on the shank. Two other Liberty Head $20 obverse dies have appeared on the market:

1877, attributed to the Carson City Mint, sold in 2002 for $23,000

1882, attributed to the San Francisco Mint, sold in 2001 for $20,700

David Akers (1975/88): The 1882-S is not a particularly scarce date but it is certainly harder to find in choice condition than most people realize. Overall, the 1882-S is similar in rarity to the 1879-S, 1885-S, 1888-S, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1901-S and 1905-S but it is much more rare in Unc. than any of those dates except the 1879-S. When available, which is fairly regularly, the 1882-S is typically only VF or EF. Choice and gem quality uncs do exist but they are surprisingly rare.