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

1906-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
9051
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,065,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$111,625 • PCGS MS66 • 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 23,250 R-2.7 48 / 73 TIE 123 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 5,750 R-3.8 50 / 73 TIE 120 / 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 MS66+ PCGS grade

John H. Clapp, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in March 1906 for face value, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1017, $16,500 - David Hall & Gordon Wrubel, sold privately in 1982 - United States GSA Auction of Confiscated Property 5/1992 - Ray Bolduc - El Dorado Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2730, $111,625

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

John H. Clapp, acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in March 1906 for face value, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1017, $16,500 - David Hall & Gordon Wrubel, sold privately in 1982 - United States GSA Auction of Confiscated Property 5/1992 - Ray Bolduc - El Dorado Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2730, $111,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  

David Hall: There is one monster 1906-S double eagle and it may not be listed in the PCGS CoinFacts census. It's the Eliasberg-Clapp coin, sold at the Eliasberg sale in October, 1982. Gordon Wrubel and I bought the coin at that sale for what was a big price at the time, $16,500. We graded the coin MS68! The PCGS Pop Report shows one MS66, with none higher. Is this the Eliasberg coin? Maybe...maybe not.

Here's what happened to the coin in 1982. My long term partner Van Simmons sold the coin almost immediately after Gordy and I bought it. It was a very strange transaction. A guy calls us and says he wants to buy some great coins. He shows up at our office with about $100,000 in cash, He bought the 1906-S $20 and some other super coins. We didn't know the guy, had never seen him before, and we have never seen him or the coin since!


David Akers: The 1906-S is a relatively common date, similar in overall rarity to the 1889-S, 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S and 1903-S. It is not as rare as the 1901-S or 1905-S nor is it as rare in Unc. as the 1902-S. The 1906-S is not especially hard to find in Unc-60 but it is moderately scarce in choice Unc. Gems are very scarce and I doubt if more than a few superb uncs exist.