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

1870 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
8957
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
155,150
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$55,813 • PCGS MS61 • 8-6-2014 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,181 R-4.9 8 / 31 40 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 13 / 31 TIE 52 / 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

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2017:4324, $47,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Superior 11/2006:406, $40,250 - Heritage 1/2007:3718, $48,875

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

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2017:4324, $47,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Superior 11/2006:406, $40,250 - Heritage 1/2007:3718, $48,875

2 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1870 is very similar in overall rarity to the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864 and 1869. Except for the 1863 and 1864, however, it is more rare than the others in strictly uncirculated condition. When available, this date is almost always only VF or EF and at the AU level, I consider the 1870 to be quite rare.