Feedback

X

Leave Comment

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

1871 $20 (Regular Strike)

View All Coin Images

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
8960
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
80,120
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • NGC MS64 • 2-26-2008 • Stack's
Go To Grade
  • 20
  • 25
  • 30
  • 35
  • 40
  • 45
  • 45+
  • 50
  • 50+
  • 53
  • 53+
  • 55
  • 55+
  • 58
  • 58+
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 62+
  • 63
  • 63+
  • 64
20
1,595
1
20
25
1,620
25
30
1,645
1
30
45+
1,730
45+
50+
3,200
50+
53+
4,150
53+
55+
5,450
55+
58+
7,250
1
58+
62+
32,500
62+
63+
55,000
1
63+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 680 R-5.6 5 / 31 TIE 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 6 / 31 TIE 29 / 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 MS64 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3719, $54,625 - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12043, $44,062.50

4 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3719, $54,625 - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12043, $44,062.50

4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Among all the $20 gold coins issued with the Liberty Head design, the 1871 is ranked 35th in terms of rarity.  In overall population, it is scarce, but it is not as rare as the 1859, 1862, 1863, 1868, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, and 1892.  In Mint State, the 1871 $20 is rare.  Akers claimed to have seen a blazing Gem, but neither PCGS nor NGC has graded or certified it yet - the finest examples seen by them top out at MS64.


David Akers (1975/88): The 1871 is one of the rarest P-Mint twenties, distinctly surpassed in overall rarity by only the 1861 Paquet and the seven ultra low mintage issues from 1881 to 1887. (It is also just a little less rare overall than the 1859.) As a date, the 1871 is about on a par rarity-wise with the 1862 and 1868 as well as the 1873 Closed 3 and the popular, low mintage 1891. Most known 1871 twenties grade EF or AU although, of course, some well worn ones are also around. In strictly uncirculated condition the 1871 is rare, a little more so, in fact, than either the 1862 or 1868. I have seen one blazing gem 65+ coin.