1906-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
9051
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
2,065,750
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 23,250 R-2.7 48 / 73 TIE 123 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 5,750 R-3.8 50 / 73 TIE 120 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 73 TIE 25 / 148 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 23,250
60 or Better 5,750
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-3.8
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 48 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 50 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 73 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 123 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 120 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 25 / 148 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

John H. Clapp, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in March 1906 for face value, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1017, $16,500 - David Hall & Gordon Wrubel, sold privately in 1982 - United States GSA Auction of Confiscated Property 5/1992 - Ray Bolduc - El Dorado Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2730, $111,625

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4401, $25,850 - Heritage 12/2015:3440, $23,500

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

John H. Clapp, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in March 1906 for face value, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1017, $16,500 - David Hall & Gordon Wrubel, sold privately in 1982 - United States GSA Auction of Confiscated Property 5/1992 - Ray Bolduc - El Dorado Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2730, $111,625

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4401, $25,850 - Heritage 12/2015:3440, $23,500

#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
David Hall:

There is one monster 1906-S double eagle and it may not be listed in the PCGS CoinFacts census. It's the Eliasberg-Clapp coin, sold at the Eliasberg sale in October, 1982. Gordon Wrubel and I bought the coin at that sale for what was a big price at the time, $16,500. We graded the coin MS68! The PCGS Pop Report shows one MS66, with none higher. Is this the Eliasberg coin? Maybe...maybe not.

Here's what happened to the coin in 1982. My long term partner Van Simmons sold the coin almost immediately after Gordy and I bought it. It was a very strange transaction. A guy calls us and says he wants to buy some great coins. He shows up at our office with about $100,000 in cash, He bought the 1906-S $20 and some other super coins. We didn't know the guy, had never seen him before, and we have never seen him or the coin since!

David Akers:

The 1906-S is a relatively common date, similar in overall rarity to the 1889-S, 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S and 1903-S. It is not as rare as the 1901-S or 1905-S nor is it as rare in Unc. as the 1902-S. The 1906-S is not especially hard to find in Unc-60 but it is moderately scarce in choice Unc. Gems are very scarce and I doubt if more than a few superb uncs exist.