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

1876-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8978
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,597,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$207,000 • PCGS MS65 • 1-6-2010 • 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 11,000 R-2.9 30 / 31 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2,250 R-4.5 29 / 31 109 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2010:2257, $207,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:7840, $31,625

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2010:2257, $207,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:7840, $31,625

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1876-S is one of the commonest of all S-Mint Liberty Head Double Eagles and it is easy to obtain in any grade from VF to average uncirculated (Unc-60). In choice mint state, however, it is very scarce and in MS-65 or better condition it is decidedly rare. As a date, the 1876-S is significantly less rare than the 1974-S or 1875-S and it is most comparable to such common later issues as the 1899-S and 1900-S. Like the 1875-CC which is relatively common, even in Unc., the 1876-S is higher priced than many of the rarer later issues only because it is a Type II and thus is in greater demand as a type coin. For example, the 1876-S is not as rare in Unc. as the 1877-S through 1882-S San Francisco Mint issues and yet an uncirculated 1876-S would probably bring more at auction than a mint state example of the others.

Ron Guth: The 1876-S $20 was well-represented in the Saddle Ridge Hoard by twenty-seven examples, all of which were gradeable except for a single coin.  The three best coins in this group graded out at PCGS MS64, which tied them with a dozen other examples for Third Finest.