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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1849-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1884 $20 (Proof)

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PCGS PR53
PCGS #:
9100
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
71
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$207,000 • PCGS PR64 • 10-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 20 R-9.1 10 / 31 TIE 32 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 19 R-9.1 10 / 31 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 6 / 31 TIE 21 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  

The Greenwich Collection - Heritage 6/2004:6376, $126,500 - Dr. Robert J. Loewinger Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3144, $161,000 - Baltimore Collection - Heritage 10/2008:3153, $207,000 - Las Vegas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5288, $103,500

1 PR64 PCGS grade  
3 PR63 PCGS grade  
4 PR60 PCGS grade  
5 PR53 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  

The Greenwich Collection - Heritage 6/2004:6376, $126,500 - Dr. Robert J. Loewinger Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3144, $161,000 - Baltimore Collection - Heritage 10/2008:3153, $207,000 - Las Vegas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5288, $103,500

1 PR64 PCGS grade  
3 PR63 PCGS grade  
4 PR60 PCGS grade  
5 PR53 PCGS grade  
6 PR45 estimated grade  
David Akers (1975/88): For many years, the 1884 took second billing to the 1883 as a rarity but it is now firmly established that the 1884 is the rarer of the two proof-only issues. As a date, the 1884 is the second rarest in the entire Liberty Head Double Eagle series after the excessively rare 1961 Paquet. All of the dates prior to 1881 are more rare in proof than the 1884 but, of course, they are available as business strikes while the 1884 is not. All 1884 Double Eagles that I have seen have an unusual surface texture or color discontinuity in the throat area. This is in the die and does not constitute a defect.