1897 $20 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1849-1907

PCGS #:
9113
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
86
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 35 R-8.8 20 / 31 TIE 42 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 33 R-8.8 20 / 31 TIE 41 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 23 / 31 TIE 38 / 55 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 35
60 or Better 33
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-8.8
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 23 / 31 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 42 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 41 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 38 / 55 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade
1 PR65 PCGS grade
3 PR64 PCGS grade
3 PR64 PCGS grade
3 PR64 PCGS grade
6 PR63 PCGS grade
7 PR62 PCGS grade
8 PR61 PCGS grade
8 PR61 PCGS grade
8 PR61 PCGS grade
#1 PR65 PCGS grade
#1 PR65 PCGS grade
#3 PR64 PCGS grade
#3 PR64 PCGS grade
#3 PR64 PCGS grade
#6 PR63 PCGS grade
#7 PR62 PCGS grade
#8 PR61 PCGS grade
#8 PR61 PCGS grade
#8 PR61 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Out of a reported mintage of 86 Proof 1897 Double Eagles, experts speculate that only 35 to 40 have survived until today. Assuming all of the 86 Proofs were actually sold to collectors (a questionable assumption), it is doubtful that many were destroyed AFTER their release. We know of instances where Proof gold coins ended up in circulation, but this only occurs to a minor degree, and almost never with an 1897 Proof $20. Thus, either numerous Proof 1897 Double Eagles remain hidden, or the coins we have today are all we are going to see.

The production quality of Proof 1897 Doubles Eagles is excellent. Virtually all examples have some degree of Cameo contrast and a small number have Deep Cameo contrast. Demand for the best examples is intense, and at least one example (the Eliasberg Proof) has sold for over $100,000.

David Akers (1975/88):

The 1897 is comparable in overall rarity to the 1894 and 1896. As such, it ranks as one of the commoner dates of the series although it is a step rarer than such ultra-common issues as the 1895, 1898-S, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1904-S and 1907. Average uncirculated examples are common and choice mint state pieces are not difficult to find. Gems are very scarce but obtainable.