1876-S $20 N1 Certification #38769293, PCGS #8978

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1876-S is one of the commonest of all S-Mint Liberty Head Double Eagles and it is easy to obtain in any grade from VF to average uncirculated (Unc-60). In choice mint state, however, it is very scarce and in MS-65 or better condition it is decidedly rare. As a date, the 1876-S is significantly less rare than the 1974-S or 1875-S and it is most comparable to such common later issues as the 1899-S and 1900-S. Like the 1875-CC which is relatively common, even in Unc., the 1876-S is higher priced than many of the rarer later issues only because it is a Type II and thus is in greater demand as a type coin. For example, the 1876-S is not as rare in Unc. as the 1877-S through 1882-S San Francisco Mint issues and yet an uncirculated 1876-S would probably bring more at auction than a mint state example of the others.

Ron Guth

The 1876-S $20 was well-represented in the Saddle Ridge Hoard by twenty-seven examples, all of which were gradeable except for a single coin.  The three best coins in this group graded out at PCGS MS64, which tied them with a dozen other examples for Third Finest.

PCGS #
8978
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Weight
33.40 grams
Mintage
1597000
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
7375
Pop Lower
0
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 11000 R-2.9 30 / 31 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
All Grades 2250 R-4.5 29 / 31 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 11000
All Grades 2250
60 or Better 2
65 or Better R-2.9
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better 30 / 31 TIE
All Grades 29 / 31
60 or Better 1 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 113 / 148 TIE
All Grades 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:2257, $207,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard - Heritage 1/2019:3916, $43,200

4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:7840, $31,625

#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:2257, $207,000

#2 MS64+ PCGS grade
#2 MS64+ PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #4 MS64 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard - Heritage 1/2019:3916, $43,200

MS64 PCGS grade #4 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:7840, $31,625