History, Information, and Value of 1899-S Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1899-S $20 Double Eagle
Although some examples are known with minor softness of detail here and there around the borders, the typical 1899-S double eagle is boldly to sharply struck throughout. Luster is outstanding in high grades, typically of a satin or frosty texture with a few prooflike examples also known. Most survivors are noticeably abraded, especially in circulated and lower Mint State grades. A plentiful issue, the 1899-S has a sizeable extant population in grades through MS-64. Very few examples are known any finer, however, although NGC does report two grading events at the MS-68 level. The finest example known to PCGS is the outstanding MS-67 from The United States Gold Coin Collection (i.e., Eliasberg Collection) sold by Bowers and Ruddy in 1982.