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

1879-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
8991
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,233,800
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$63,250 • PCGS MS64 • 9-27-2007 • 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 6,225 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 21 / 73 82 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Coinhunter 1/2007:309 - Heritage 9/28/2007:3851, not sold

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Coinhunter 1/2007:309 - Heritage 9/28/2007:3851, not sold

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1879-S is more rare than the 1877-S or 1878-S and it is also rarer than the 1874-S, 1875-S and 1876-S. Although it is generally regarded as a common date, the auction data correctly show that the 1879-S is really not common at all, particularly in high grade. In low circulated grades, i.e. VF or EF, the 1879-S is only moderately scarce and it can usually be located without much difficulty. However, in AU the 1879-S is scarce and in average uncirculated condition it is very scarce. Choice and gem mint state examples are known but are rare, especially gems which are virtually impossible to obtain.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained forty-three 1879-S Double Eagles.  Two were ungradeable, four were Mint State, and one was tied for Second Finest known.