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

1888-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
9009
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
859,600
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • NGC MS65 • 8-11-2010 • 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 14,750 R-2.9 40 / 73 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2,325 R-4.5 41 / 73 TIE 109 / 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  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 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  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1888-S is essentially equal in both population rarity and condition rarity to the 1885-S. It is also similar in overall rarity to the 1879-S, 1882-S, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1901-S and 1905-S although it is not as rare as the first two in high grade. The 1888-S cannot really be called scarce in the circulated grades but Unc-60 specimens are moderately scarce. Choice mint state examples are very scarce and true gems are unquestionably rare.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained sixty-two 1888-S Double Eagles, including seven Mint State examples.  The best coins of this group were six MS64s.