Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 558,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1245.27 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1920 S $20 MS obverse 1920 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1920–S Double Eagle is one of the most significant rarities of this series. Many show minor striking weakness on the lower portion of the obverse and this area is prone to the similar weaknesses that are seen on other dates as well. Luster is average for this date. No significant numbers have turned up from overseas hoards. The 1920–S is the first of the latter dates Saint–Gaudens Double Eagles with large mintages that are now very rare. Most were melted in the great gold recall of the 1930s. More significantly, none that I am aware of have been found in the large hoards that have returned from overseas trade. The date is rare in all grades and only four or five are known at the Gem level. The finest example I have seen is the Eliasberg specimen. The Smithsonian collection contains a fabulous MS 64 example. Around this time the US Mint carefully preserved Choice examples of US gold coins each year for its collection. As we proceed in this narrative, you will be astounded at some of the coins that were saved by Mint employees of the era. The American Numismatic Society also contains a superb example.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/2/2014

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1920 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 10500 14500 22500 22500 31000 33000 36000 44000 53500 64000 85000 107500 152500 300000 720000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5757


Auction Prices Realized

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9/9/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1950 $132,250.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2313 $133,975.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 4068 $18,975.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5588 $25,850.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1901 $64,625.00
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4323 $55,812.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base43944599481150315411658874238111859388879294954610263109521240214619180262085932441482126904795900
4462466948845157580368667652827186919022937897851049211435131411575418970247193769855157779980
000000765282718691902293789785104921143513141157541897024719376985515700
0000007881843287899158946210024107221191813880168901991428580429556210200
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