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: $1031.36 (11/30/2015)
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: 11/30/2015

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1920 S $20 MS
Base $ - - 11000 16500 23500 32000 34000 38500 45000 72500 84000 95000 130000 310000 780000 - - - -
$ - - - - 52500 - 89000 - 200000 - - - -

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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
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6643 $66,125.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2105 $97,750.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9890 $46,000.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5450 $30,550.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1901 $64,625.00
6/4/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4391 $30,550.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S $20 MS
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