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

1880-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8993
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
836,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$92,000 • NGC MS66 • 8-18-2004 • 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 5,125 R-3.9 29 / 73 TIE 96 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 19 / 73 77 / 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 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63+ PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2013:4413, $42,593.75

6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Here is a real "sleeper" date that, until now, few people have appreciated. It is widely considered to be a common date and, in truth, it is only moderately scarce in circulated grades. However, in strictly uncirculated condition it is definitely rare, much rarer, in fact, than many more highly touted dates in the series. Compared to the 1880-S, for example, all of the late CC-Mint issues except the 1891-CC are downright common in Unc. Hundreds of 1893-CC's exist in Unc., including many gems, but if there is a gem 1880-S in existence, I am unaware of it. In AU, the 1880-S is very scarce and even average quality uncirculated examples are rare. Choice mint state pieces are very rare; I have seen only a few at that level and, as I mentioned, no gems at all.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained forty-one 1880-S $20s, including six ungradeable examples, ten Mint State examples, and one PCGS MS64 (which tied for Second Finest Known with an already existing PCGS MS64).