Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,658,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1094.73 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1922 S $20 MS obverse 1922 S $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this issue is astounding considering that it is quite scarce today. This is a date that suffered tremendously from the massive meltings of gold coins in the 1930s. At one time is was considered one of the prime rarities for the series ranking along side the 1920–S, 1929, and 1930s issues. Small hoards of the date have surfaced continually over the years. This issue is now scarce, but collectible. Most seen grade MS 62 to MS 64. Gems are rare and only a few have been graded as MS 66. Production quality for the issue is high and luster and strike are not a problem for the issue. Some examples seen have a noticeable die bulge on the obverse and the rims are somewhat rounded. The Smithsonian collection contains a single MS 62 example.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2015

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1922 S $20 MS
Base $ 1650 1660 1700 1775 1900 2050 2200 2300 2450 2900 4000 5250 9250 50000 130000 - - - -
$ 1950 - - 2350 2500 3250 4750 5750 14000 65000 - - -

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Total Graded: 893
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
1/25/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3473 $1,438.00
4/10/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2024, 2024/Lot# 1988 $2,860.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 9162 $3,220.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1596 $2,530.00
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4684 $6,555.00
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4680 $2,760.00
3/27/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131114/Lot# 21055 $3,737.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7903 $5,750.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3307
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2732
Owner: MCB1980
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