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

1881-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8995
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
727,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS63 • 5-28-2008 • Heritage
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20
1,460
20
25
1,465
25
30
1,470
2
30
35
1,470
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35
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1,485
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1,485
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1,505
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1,615
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27,500
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64
45,000
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64
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 8,812 R-3.2 36 / 73 TIE 109 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 537 R-5.9 25 / 73 87 / 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 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

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

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

5 MS63+ PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1881-S is a scarce and underrated date, slightly more rare than the 1880-S but not quite as difficult to obtain in Unc. Uncs are known but only a very few of them could reasonably be called choice or gem.

 


Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained thirty-eight 1881-S $20s, all of which were considered gradeable.  This group included nine Mint State examples, the best of which was a PCGS MS64 that tied previously existing examples for "Second Finest Known" honors.