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

1888 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
9008
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
226,161
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • NGC MS65 • 8-18-2004 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,750 R-3.8 31 / 73 100 / 148
60 or Better 1,750 R-4.7 34 / 73 TIE 102 / 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 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
7 MS64 estimated grade  
7 MS64 estimated grade  
7 MS64 estimated grade  
7 MS64 estimated grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Although it is obviously not as rare as the seven P-Mint Double Eagles immediately preceding it, the 1888 is still a scarce date, essentially equal in overall rarity and condition rarity to the 1877 and 1878. It is similar in population rarity (i.e. total number known) to the much lower mintage 1889 but rarer than the 1889 in high grade. Choice and even gem uncirculated examples do exist but they are definitely rare.