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

1884-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
9002
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
916,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • PCGS MS65 • 8-9-2007 • 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 14,250 R-2.9 40 / 73 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 41 / 73 TIE 109 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 73 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

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

Saddle Ridge Hoard

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1884-S is clearly not a rare date but it is also not in the common date category. In terms of overall rarity, it is similar to the 1875-S, 1877-S, 1883-S and 1902-S although it is not as scarce in Unc. as any of the others. In any condition up to average uncirculated, the 1884-S can be obtained without great difficulty. Choice mint state specimens are only moderately scarce but true gems are very scarce. (The latter statement, it should be noted, can be applied to almost every Liberty Head twenty except a few in the late 1890's and early 1900's. This is because their size, weight and storage over the years have made Double Eagles, like Silver Dollars, especially prone to abraisions.)

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained thirty-one 1884-S $20s, of which six were Mint State.  The best of the lot was a single PCGS MS65, which tied an already existing example for Finest Known of the date.