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

1879 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8988
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
207,600
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • NGC MS63 • 1-1-2007 • 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 1,850 R-4.6 20 / 73 56 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 212 R-6.8 17 / 73 73 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1879 is a scarce date, particularly in strictly uncirculated condition. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1880. (However, it is not quite as rare as most of those other dates in unc.) When available, the 1879 can be anything from VF to AU. In Unc-60, the 1879 is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state the date is surprisingly rare.