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

1896-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
9030
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,403,925
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • PCGS MS65 • 8-9-2007 • Heritage Auctions
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2
1
2
20
1,350
20
25
1,350
1
25
30
1,350
4
30
35
1,350
3
35
40
1,350
8
40
45+
1,350
45+
50
1,355
25
50
50+
1,355
50+
53+
1,355
53+
55+
1,370
55+
58+
1,390
1
58+
65
27,500
2
65
67
295,000
1
67
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 51,500 R-2.4 62 / 73 TIE 137 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 9,500 R-3.1 58 / 73 TIE 129 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 11 / 73 TIE 19 / 148 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 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 1896-S is not exactly a rare date but it also does not fall in the "common date" category. It is similar in both population rarity and condition rarity to the 1889-S, 1894-S, 1903-S and 1906-S. In any grade up to and including choice uncirculated, the 1896-S is no more than moderately scarce. True gems, however, are very scarce.