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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1868 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
8953
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
98,575
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$59,800 • NGC MS63 • 5-1-2007 • Superior Galleries
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 752 R-5.4 7 / 31 38 / 148
60 or Better 9 R-9.6 3 / 31 20 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

2 MS62 PCGS grade

H. Jeff Browning Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:48, $16,100 - Dave Wnuck - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12037, $44,062.50

2 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

2 MS62 PCGS grade

H. Jeff Browning Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:48, $16,100 - Dave Wnuck - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12037, $44,062.50

2 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
7 MS60 PCGS grade  
7 MS60 PCGS grade  
7 MS60 PCGS grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1868 is a very scarce date in all grades, as one might reasonably assume from the comparatively low mintage. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1862 and 1871 and only a little less rare than the 1859. (The 1859 is considerably more rare in high grade, however.) The 1868 is more rare as a date than the 1863 or 1864 but it is not quite as difficult to locate in mint state. When available, the 1868 is usually only VF or EF. A few AU's and average quality uncs are known but in choice mint state the 1868 is very rare and I have never personally seen or heard of a gem quality business strike.