Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 74,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1199.80 (9/16/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1930 S $20 MS obverse 1930 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1930–S Double Eagle is a major rarity in any grade. The original mintage was much lower than others of the era, and most of these were destroyed. There are probably less than 100 survivors of the date. Those that did survive were likely held by American coin collectors or dealers and it is almost certain that none were shipped overseas from this Western mint. Nearly all are in Mint State condition. I have seen a few damaged or polished examples. For many years the 1930–S, 1931, 1931–D and 1932 Double Eagles traded for around $40,000 in Choice condition. In the last decade or so, interest in the Saint–Gaudens series has surged, and the purchase of any of these dates now requires a six figure investment in most cases. The Smithsonian collection contains three examples of this rare issue. One of the coins would probably grade MS 68 and is one of the finest examples of any date Saint–Gaudens Double Eagle I have seen. The coin is truly a miracle of survival!


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/12/2014

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1930 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 32500 47500 47500 52500 55000 60000 69000 77000 79000 87500 125000 180000 220000 295000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 165000 - 255000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30585 $97,750.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3307 $230,000.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2822 $172,500.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2702 $161,000.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5766 $164,500.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3512 $164,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1930 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base51245354559158366089896092569534998110258106451088711079114421273414277158261707327150410725968483906
52005433567259207046905893489683100731038710725109511120011872132481479316241204323179047276677580
0000009348968310073103871072510951112001187213248147931624120432317904727600
0000009441983210165105161080611015113211230313762153091665723791364315348000
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