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: $1117.27 (10/9/2015)
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: 4/20/2015

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1912 $20 MS
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1775 1900 2500 6000 28500 64000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 1800 2150 3500 8500 37500 107500 - -

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Total Graded: 2426
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/7/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 8208 $6,037.50
2/11/2004 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1843, 1843/Lot# 1742 $715.00
1/31/2010 NGC Details Details  Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2601 $1,121.25
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116714 $1,655.50
12/17/2013 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1324 $35,100.00
3/28/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6380 $1,880.00
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1080 $1,950.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2407
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2407
Owner: Jesse T Brown
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