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

1871-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
8962
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
928,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$47,000 • NGC MS64 • 12-3-2015 • 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 3,657 R-4.2 18 / 31 TIE 80 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 67 R-8.3 15 / 31 TIE 57 / 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  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): In terms of overall rarity, the 1871-S is very similar to the 1869-S, 1870-S, 1872-S and 1873-S among others. As is the case with most Double Eagles of this era, the majority of 1871-S twenties are in EF or lower grade. A strictly graded AU is very scarce and mint state specimens are decidedly rare. I have seen a very small number of average quality (Unc-60) examples of this date as well as two or three choice specimens. I don't recall ever seeing a true gem (Unc-65 or better) but it is certainly possible that one exists in a collection somewhere.