Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,774,925
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1246.14 (8/31/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
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1909 S $20 MS obverse 1909 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this San Francisco issue soared after a slow start in 1908. The date can be found easily in all grades thru MS 65. In Gem condition, however, the 1909-S is very rare. Less than two dozen are known above MS 66. It is quite underrated in Gem condition. Most examples seen are well struck, but bag marks plague most examples. Several thousand were found in South American bank vaults. Most were distributed through a coin company (MTB) in New York City in the 1980s.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/2/2014

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1909 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1760 1850 1875 2125 2250 7050 31000 66000 - - -
$ 1690 1710 1720 1735 1750 1770 1875 1925 2200 2500 8100 43500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5660
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8854
9/10/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 3 - 5 & 9 - 10 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 3035/Lot# 31427


Auction Prices Realized

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7/24/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0861, 861/Lot# 1941 $633.00
11/3/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6572 $1,092.50
5/27/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 2018 $4,600.00
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1333 $2,223.00
1/31/2010 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2576 $1,667.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131123/Lot# 28490 $1,775.00
3/30/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 351 $1,426.00
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 181503 $1,980.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4436 $1,938.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2002211721242139217622052212221922292236224722542335243325912648435375799934168652685740673
2040211921292151218522072214222222312239224922812367248526103216542883641224420195314620
000000221422222231223922492281236724852610321654288364122442019500
000000221622252233224322512308240025382629378465039149145542352600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4353
Owner: Jesse T Brown
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4353
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
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