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: $1130.52 (7/3/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1922 S $20 MS obverse 1922 S $20 MS reverse

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

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Auction Prices Realized

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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
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2793 $5,175.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 6710 $3,220.00
3/5/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 129, 134/Lot# 2034 $3,450.00
5/6/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2363, 2363/Lot# 2989 $6,496.00
3/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 2817 $6,325.00
10/17/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3504, 6058/Lot# 21516 $3,172.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 S $20 MS
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