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

1891-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
9018
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,288,125
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,925 • PCGS MS64 • 6-28-2014 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 28,500 R-2.7 48 / 73 TIE 123 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 6,000 R-3.8 50 / 73 TIE 120 / 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 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
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
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2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
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2 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1891-S is a common date in any grade short of choice uncirculated condition. It is very similar in overall rarity to the 1897-S and 1907-S and it is available more often, and in higher grade, than any S-Mint Double Eagle prior to this point except 1876-S. Gem quality examples of this date are very scarce but that can be said about most Liberty Head Double Eagles except for the eight or ten most common dates of the series.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained twenty-six 1891-S Double Eagles, including one of the few counterfeit coins in the hoard.  Also included were a dozen Mint State examples, none of which were graded high enough to impact the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census.