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

1874-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8972
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,214,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,200 • PCGS MS63 • 1-8-2014 • 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 6,075 R-3.7 28 / 31 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 525 R-5.9 24 / 31 87 / 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

AWA Collection

1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 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): This date is not as scarce as any of the preceeding issues from the San Francisco Mint and it is npt especially difficult to locate in circulated condition, even AU. In full mint state, however, the 1874-S is quite scarce and choice and gem quality uncs, though known, are definitely rare. In terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, the 1874-S is very similar to the 1878-S. In my comments on the 1874-CC, I noted that mere mintage figures often do not tell the story and can sometimes even lead one to a totally erroneous conclusion. The 1874-S is another such date. It is generally considered to be the equivalent to the 1875-S and 1876-S which have similar mintages. but in Unc., the 1874-S is very difficult to obtain while both the 1875-S and 1876-S are relatively common.