History, Information, and Value of 1888 Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1888 $20 Double Eagle
While most examples are sufficiently bold to satisfy the less discerning collector, the typical 1888 double eagle is apt to display minor softness of detail to Libertys portrait and/or the obverse stars. Many pieces are liberally abraded, although in high grades luster is a strong suit in either a satin or frosty texture. After seven years of paltry mintages, the Philadelphia Mint once again struck a large number of double eagles in 1888. Thanks to the repatriation of examples from European holdings beginning in the 1950s, this issue is readily obtainable in grades through MS-62. Scarce in MS-63, the 1888 is rare any finer with the highest graded examples in MS-65. Proofs are much rarer than the mintage might imply and number only 25 to 30 survivors.