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

1869 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
8955
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
175,130
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$299,000 • PCGS MS65 • 1-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,260 R-4.8 9 / 31 50 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 12 / 31 50 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2005:30073, $218,500 - Heritage 1/2008:3319, $299,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5538, $108,687.50

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2005:30073, $218,500 - Heritage 1/2008:3319, $299,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5538, $108,687.50

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1869 is not as rare as the 1859, 1862 or 1868 but it is still a very scarce date, particularly in mint state. Most 1869 Double Eagles grade from VF to AU with EF being typical. In average uncirculated condition, the 1869 is quite rare and although I have seen a couple of choice and gem quality business strikes, the date must be considered very rare at those levels. In terms of overall rarity, I would put the 1869 on the same general level as such dates as the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864 and 1870. (It is not as rare as the latter three in Unc., however.)