Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,107,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1177.74 (10/2/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1927 S $20 MS obverse 1927 S $20 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this date is tremendous considering how few are known today—around 200 coins. At one time this date was considered to be one of the rarest of the series. No hoards have been found, but scattered examples did show in shipments from Europe. When seen, this San Francisco issue shows the typical beveled edge and satiny gold luster. Striking quality is sharp at the centers and is sometimes found with minor weakness on the Capitol Building. At the time of issue collectors saved some very nice examples of this date. The finest graded by NGC has been MS 67, and that coin sold at auction in 1995 for the then staggering sum of $181,500. The Smithsonian collection contains three Gem examples of the date, one of which is a Superb MS 67. It’s incredible that someone saved these amazing coins from the melting pots and preserved them for future numismatist to study. It would be interesting to find out why so many great gold coins from this era were saved and sent to the Smithsonian. Remember, the Mint transferred its holdings to the Smithsonian in the early 1920s. A close relationship must have continued for many years between Mint officials and the Smithsonian. We are all lucky it did!


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1927 S $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 127
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/1/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1391, 1391/Lot# 1679 $8,229.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1170 $52,900.00
4/29/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 47768 $49,500.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 11811 $56,350.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5459 $28,200.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4364 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28603009323834554086493555636089672871007598789883729070979711384141881513018317288994344262804
29093085331036654369514457386302685272667698805686049312103261231814502161922184433746498960
0000005738630268527266769880568604931210326123181450216192218443374600
0000005913651569767432779882148837955410855132531481617254253713859400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 11384
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
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