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1876-S Liberty Gold $20. ODD MM Placement. Authentic?

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Hello, anyone have an opinion of this S mint mark? Its directly over the T in Liberty.  It's not centered. Is this coin authentic?  Thanks much        IMG_3608.jpg.814810a15fdd0d31e0de71262d1c9da8.jpg

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Hi Van,

Now that IS interesting.  While I know very little about Liberty Head Gold, I do know that mint marks had a way of traveling around on Barber Quarters, which are a bit later but from a similar era.  According to NGC's Coin Explorer, they did mint 1,597,000 $20s in San Francisco that year.  That means they needed a lot of dies with mint marks punched in by hand.  I could see how some dies would have slightly off-kilter mint mark positions.  But, like I said, I am not a Liberty Gold expert.  Hopefully we get some more input on this one but I don't think I'd worry too much if I were you :) 

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20 minutes ago, Greenstang said:

Seems to be correct. Here is a photo of a certified 1876S  with the MM in the same location.

 

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Looks like a pretty close match to me.....I'm not surprised about the weird MM position.....punching those little letters into dies by hand was far from an exact science!

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42 minutes ago, VanArippa said:

Thank you both. That's very interesting and helpful information. Thanks for sharing.

No problem.  Always glad to help :)

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6 hours ago, Mohawk said:

they did mint 1,597,000 $20s in San Francisco that year.  That means they needed a lot of dies with mint marks punched in by hand

Probably somewhere between 8 and 16.

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10 hours ago, Conder101 said:

Probably somewhere between 8 and 16.

It's very interesting to know an exact numeric range on that Conder.....not a huge number of dies, but still enough that you could definitely have some different MM positions.  Thanks for sharing that :) 

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