1889-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
9012
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
774,700
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 8,562 R-3.2 36 / 73 TIE 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 1,962 R-4.6 39 / 73 TIE 107 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,562
60 or Better 1,962
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.2
60 or Better R-4.6
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 36 / 73 TIE
60 or Better 39 / 73 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 73
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 107 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64+ PCGS grade
#10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1889-S is a relatively common date in any grade up to and including average uncirculated. It is similar in both overall rarity and condition rarity to the 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S, 1903-S and 1906-S. Choice uncirculated specimens are rather scarce and, of course, true gems are very scarce but this date is more available in Unc. than most S-Mints preceding it. Note: A very careful look at the auction data (pre-1970's) shows that at one time the 1889-S was very scarce, particularly in Unc. may important collections either lacked the date entirely or had only a circulated specimen. However, in the late 1960's and early 1970's many uncs were found in Europe and that is why the 1889-S is now comparatively common.
Ron Guth:

422 of the 1,427 coins in the Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins were 1889-S Double Eagles. Nearly 100 of those were Mint State and the quality was excellent. As a result, the PCGS Pop Report has swelled and nine examples were better than anything that had been known before. Where once the Finest Known was an MS64, now top honors go to a pair of PCGS MS65+s from the Saddle Ridge Hoard.