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

1896 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
9029
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
792,535
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,000 • PCGS MS65 • 5-27-2008 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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1,480
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1,485
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1,490
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1,490
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1,505
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1,505
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1,510
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40,000 R-2.6 54 / 73 TIE 129 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 9,500 R-3.1 58 / 73 TIE 129 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 73 TIE 25 / 148 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Due to the fact that its mintage is lower than most of the dates after 1893, the 1896 is sometimes touted as being considerably more rare than it is. In truth, it is a pretty common coin, on a par with the 1894 and 1897. Any 1896 short of gem condition must be considered common and even gems are only scarce and not rare.