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

1882-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
8998
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,125,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,000 • PCGS MS63 • 7-7-2006 • 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 6,500 R-3.7 32 / 73 TIE 101 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 29 / 73 TIE 94 / 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 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained seventy 1882-S $20s, including two ungradeable coins, fifteen Mint State examples, and one new Second Finest Known (a single PCGS MS64+).

In July 2006, American Numismatic Rarities offered a cancelled obverse die from an 1872-dated Double Eagle, speculating that it may have come from the Carson City Mint because of a "C" stamped on the shank.  Two other Liberty Head $20 obverse dies have appeared on the market:

1877, attributed to the Carson City Mint, sold in 2002 for $23,000

1882, attributed to the San Francisco Mint, sold in 2001 for $20,700


David Akers (1975/88): The 1882-S is not a particularly scarce date but it is certainly harder to find in choice condition than most people realize. Overall, the 1882-S is similar in rarity to the 1879-S, 1885-S, 1888-S, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1901-S and 1905-S but it is much more rare in Unc. than any of those dates except the 1879-S. When available, which is fairly regularly, the 1882-S is typically only VF or EF. Choice and gem quality uncs do exist but they are surprisingly rare.