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

1890-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
9015
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
802,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • PCGS MS65+ • 10-8-2014 • 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 9,500 R-3.1 38 / 73 111 / 148
60 or Better 1,700 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 MS66+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2014:5095, $35,250 - Heritage 12/2015:3435, $28,200

3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2014:5095, $35,250 - Heritage 12/2015:3435, $28,200

3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
9 MS65 PCGS grade
9 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): As a date, the 1890-S is similar in rarity to the 1880-S and a little less rare than the 1881-S and 1887-S. It is quite a lot rarer, especially in Unc., than the 1883-S, 1884-S, 1885-S, 1888-S and 1889-S as well as any of the S-Mint Liberty Heads that follow.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained ninety-eight 1890-S Double Eagles, including one ungradeable example, eighty-nine Mint State examples, and ten examples that were better than anything known previously.  The best of the group, and a new Finest Known, was a single PCGS MS66+.