Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 796,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1130.43 (7/3/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1916 S $20 MS obverse 1916 S $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is moderately scarce, but can be found in MS 64 or MS 65 with minimal effort. The 1916–S was more difficult to locate until a large hoard of 4,000–5,000 coins were discovered in El Salvador around 1983. MTB of New York masterfully sold the coins to several large retail rare coin companies and the coins were widely distributed to retail customers with little market disruption. The quality of production for the 1916–S issue is quite high and choice examples display radiant luster. Just three coins have been graded by NGC as MS 67. One sold for $24,450 in 2009.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/20/2015

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1916 S $20 MS
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1775 1810 2075 2400 3700 7600 34500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 1825 2175 2900 4350 18750 - -

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Total Graded: 4200
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/4/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 9127 $4,600.00
10/17/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1209 $2,024.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2724 $862.50
2/1/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1710 $1,897.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5553 $5,175.00
4/24/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3053, 3053/Lot# 2201 $2,645.00
9/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131138/Lot# 28619 $2,328.75
2/24/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 102704 $2,201.10
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1346 $1,574.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3140
Owner: Empire Builder
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3140
Owner: scotty's gold
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