1886 $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
9006
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 68 R-8.3 2 / 73 TIE 6 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 73 TIE 11 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 68
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.3
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade
2 MS63+ PCGS grade  
	MS63 PCGS grade

AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS60 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
	AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8//2011:7779, $106,375

5 AU58 PCGS grade

Christopher Bently Nob Hill Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5732, $11,1625

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 estimated grade
10 AU55 PCGS grade PCGS #9006 (MS)     55
#1 MS64 estimated grade
 
	MS63 PCGS grade 
#2 MS63+ PCGS grade

AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS61 PCGS grade
#4 MS60 PCGS grade
 
	AU58 PCGS grade 
#5 AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8//2011:7779, $106,375

#5 AU58 PCGS grade

Christopher Bently Nob Hill Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5732, $11,1625

#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 estimated grade
PCGS #9006 (MS)     55 #10 AU55 PCGS grade
P. Scott Rubin: The 1886 Double Eagle is a very rare coin with an original mintage of only 1,000 and an estimated survival of approximately 40 to 60 specimens. This is the only Liberty Head Double Eagle that was struck in only one Mint; it is one of the lowest mintages of all Liberty Head Double Eagles.

Since 2011, three 1886 Double eagles have sold above the $100,000 mark, the highest being $129,250 for a coin graded by PCGS as Uncirculated details, tooled, while the other two were graded AU58 each. This price is higher than for any Proof 1886 Double Eagle has ever sold at auction.

The interesting thing about this date is that until 1960 I can find only six auction records for circulation strike 1886 Double Eagles. The earliest auction record I can find is a Very Fine specimen sold by Henry Chapman in his December, 1908 sale of the Kuntz Collection, lot 38. It would take 36 years for another circulation strike 1886 Double Eagle to appear at auction. During the subsequent 36 years only five 1886 Double Eagles appeared, ranging in grades from Fine to Extremely Fine.

Suddenly, something changed during the next two decades as auction appearances of 1886 Double Eagles increased to an average of one a year. This was followed by another surge from 1980 to date, when the average auction appearance doubled to about two a year. The condition of most of the coins offered during that period ranged from Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1886 is one of the rarest dates of the entire Liberty Head Double Eagle series. Overall, it is a little more rare than either the 1881 or 1885 and, as a business strike, it is surpassed in rarity only by the 1861 Paquet and the 1882. Business strikes are on a par rarity-wise with the 1856-O and are actually more rare than the 1854-O and 1870-CC.