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

1898-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
9034
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,575,175
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,875 • PCGS MS67 • 3-11-2004 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 160,000 R-1.9 69 / 73 TIE 144 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 30,000 R-2.7 67 / 73 TIE 138 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 30 / 73 42 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint at face value - John H. Clapp Collection (sold intact in 1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1000, $12,100

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint at face value - John H. Clapp Collection (sold intact in 1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1000, $12,100

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6891, $10,575

7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1898-S is a very common date. In fact, it is the second most common S-Mint Double Eagle after the 1904-S and it ranks as one of the eight or ten commonest issues in the entire Liberty Head series. It is readily obtainable in any condition up to choice uncirculated. Gems are rather scarce but they are still available with some regularity. Only the collector who requires a superb or "perfect" coin will have trouble finding an 1898-S that suits him.