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

1872-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8965
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
780,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,850 • PCGS MS63 • 3-1-2015 • 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 4,782 R-4.0 23 / 31 TIE 90 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 65 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 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
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4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
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Ron Guth: Davie Akers was right concenring the 1872-S $20 -- it is easy to find an example in some grade but it is difficult to find a nice one.  Most of the Uncirculated examples are low-end, usually in MS60 to MS61.  Even MS62 examples are rare.  The best example is a single PCGS MS63, indicating the lack of attention that collectors paid to this date back in 1872.  Most examples are well struck and show decent luster.  The key is to find an 1872-S $20 with the least number of contact marks and abrasions.


David Akers (1975/88): The 1872-S is generally available only in the lower grades, i.e. VF or EF. In AU condition the date is very scarce and in full mint state it is rare, slightly more so than the 1869-S, 1870-S or 1871-S to which the 1872-S is otherwise comparable in overall rrity. I have seen a few avarage quality uncs (bagmarked Unc-60'S with lustre) but I cannot recall ever seeing a choice or gem quality specimen. The Double Eagle collector in search of this date will probably not have all that much trouble locating one but he should not set his sights very high as far as quality is concerned.