Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 149,824
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1250.69 (4/25/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1912 $20 MS obverse 1912 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is very popular as the Philadelphia issue are the only Double Eagles struck for the year. They are doubly popular this year during the centennial of its issue. In early 1912, New Mexico and Arizona joined the United States, thus increasing the 46 star count then current on the obverse die. An additional two stars were added below the date near the oak leaves, and the other 46 stars remained in their current place. Although technically a new type was created by the addition of the two stars, these additional stars are not widely recognized by collectors. As a result of its low mintage, the 1912 Double Eagle is quite scarce in all levels of Mint State. Most seen are heavily bag marked, probably the result of rough handling from their trips overseas and back. Small groups of the date have surfaced over the years, but very few have been found in Gem condition. Just 3 coins have been certified as MS 66 by NGC, and the last one to appear sold for $27,600 in 2005. Interestingly, the business strike 1912 Double Eagle is one of the few gold coins missing from the Smithsonian collection.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/12/2013

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1912 $20 MS
Base $ 1490 1500 1510 1550 1560 1560 1570 1580 1600 1620 1650 1660 2100 2475 5750 27000 62500 - - - -
$ 1675 1690 1700 1725 1750 1775 1790 2300 2800 8250 30500 87500 - -
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Total Graded: 2410
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
4/27/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11430
4/27/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11429

Auction Prices Realized

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12/26/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1522, 1522/Lot# 1856 $422.00
5/25/2002 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22112, 22112/Lot# 14522 $494.50
9/17/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 8499 $7,762.50
1/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2323 $805.00
1/31/2010 NGC   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2601 $1,121.25
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 36026 $1,842.50
7/10/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction - US and World Lots - Internet Only Sessions, 174/Lot# 13426 $1,692.00
7/22/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131231/Lot# 28617 $2,185.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7471
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2823
Owner: The Artist's Collection
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