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

1887-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+
PCGS #:
9007
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
283,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$34,500 • PCGS MS64 • 10-18-2006 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 27 / 73 80 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 1,650 R-4.7 34 / 73 TIE 102 / 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  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
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2 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1887 is a relatively scarce date in all grades, comparable overall to the 1881-S and a little more rare than the 1880-S and 1890-S. It is not as rare in Unc., however, as either the 1880-S or 1881-S. In choice mint state the 1887-S is very scarce and gems are notably rare. A few really superb examples of this date are also known including the Unc-67 coin that is in a prominent Dallas Bank collection.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained only eleven 1887-S Double Eagles.  One was ungradeable due to cleaning, but three were Mint State.