Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 528,500
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1264.72 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
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1921 $20 MS obverse 1921 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1921 Double Eagle is a close match to the rarity and desirability of the 1920–S issue. Virtually the entire mintage was destroyed during the 1930s and no hoards of any size have been discovered. The 1921 Double Eagle is one of the few dates that have about an equal number known of circulated and uncirculated examples. The AU 58 population numbers (20 coins) reported for the date are probably exaggerated due to re–submissions as the coin climbs rapidly in price from AU to Mint State. The 1921 Double Eagle is a prime rarity, but several Gem examples somehow survived. Interestingly, both the American Numismatic Society and the Smithsonian collection contain a Superb Gem example of the date. Both were obtained from the Mint at the time of issue. The Connecticut State Library contained two Gem examples that entered the market several years ago, one of which sold at auction for over $1,000,000 in 2007.

The numismatic community was stunned in the summer of 2000 when Sotheby's auction house offered a previously unknown example of a Proof Roman Finish presentation–strike 1921 Double Eagle. That coin traces its pedigree to Raymond T. Baker, who was director of the US Mint in 1921. Reportedly the piece was struck for the director's nephew, Joseph Baker, on his birth. The coin, which is lightly cleaned, sold for $203,500. In 2006, a second example of this incredible rarity surfaced. This time it was offered at auction incorrectly attributed as an MS 63. Two very knowledgeable numismatists battled until the hammer fell at $1,495,000. The newly discovered coin is nearly identical to the Sotheby's specimen but is original and unmolested. These presentation strikes rank as one of the most interesting issues of the Saint–Gaudens series. The auction record for business–strike examples of the 1921 Double Eagle has now crossed the million–dollar mark. One can only guess what these two rarities would bring on today's market.


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1921 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 30000 45000 45000 58000 61000 77500 92500 110000 130000 160000 210000 390000 690000 970000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 235000 430000 740000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 71
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6644 $1,092,500.00
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6646 $402,500.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2728 $218,500.00
5/30/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 2772 $402,500.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 5218 $48,875.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(4), 1166/Lot# 4630 $747,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5291552657696020627872108371928010340109361171612178137231486416958197742352525768391915719980705110696
53695607585261066588759786749633105381119611870126931410315562178962102424272302424519365034907020
0000008674963310538111961187012693141031556217896210242427230242451936503400
0000008977998610737114561202413208144831626018835222742502034716511967286900
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