History, Information, and Value of 1887-S Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1887-S $20 Double Eagle
While many examples are lightly struck here and there around the obverse periphery, the typical 1887-S double eagle displays a suitably bold strike overall. Lustrous surfaces in a satin or frosty texture are the norm among Mint State survivors, with liberally abraded surfaces common at all levels of preservation. The 1887-S is the rarest Type 3 Liberty Head double eagle from the San Francisco Mint, although enough examples have been repatriated from overseas holdings that this issue can be obtained with ease in grades up to and including MS-62. Choice Uncirculated coins in MS-63 are scarce by the standards of the issuing mint, but are still seen fairly regularly in numismatic circles. Examples in MS-64 and MS-65 remain very rare, the finest certified a solitary PCGS MS-65.