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: $1023.13 (11/27/2015)
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: 4/20/2015

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1920 S $20 MS
Base $ - - 10500 14500 22500 31000 33000 36000 43000 67500 80000 107500 137500 300000 720000 - - - -
$ 25000 - 35000 39000 47500 70000 95000 120000 180000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 75
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/22/2001 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 7402 $21,850.00
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6642 $120,750.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2727 $57,500.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2104 $77,625.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 4068 $18,975.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1152/Lot# 4723 $80,500.00
1/3/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 5107 $43,125.00

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