Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,776,500
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1023.13 (11/28/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1925 S $20 MS obverse 1925 S $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Despite an extremely large mintage, the 1925–S is quite scarce today. The vast majority were sent to the melting pots. Less than 1,000 coins have been certified by the major grading services. Unlike the other rare dates of this vintage, small number were saved by American collectors at the time of issue. There are a few splendid Gems examples known for the date. The finest example I have seen is the nearly flawless coins that were once part of the Norweb collection. Interestingly, last week I was able to purchase two Choice examples of the 1925–S Double Eagle across the counter in Lexington, Kentucky. The family that sold them had lived in California at one time, and had no idea of the their value. It’s amazing what still shows up in the world of numismatics.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/20/2015

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1925 S $20 MS
Base $ 2400 2450 2500 2700 3600 4850 5300 5900 8100 11500 13750 18500 52500 175000 250000 370000 650000 - -
$ 4100 - 5550 6500 8900 - 15500 24000 75000 215000 275000 - -

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Total Graded: 426
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/10/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1446, 1446/Lot# 1160 $4,536.50
11/3/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6682 $86,250.00
10/23/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 2500 $7,187.50
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1737 $18,975.00
6/11/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 383, 389/Lot# 8118 $5,520.00
5/5/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 112404 $4,218.50
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4330 $10,575.00
8/6/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13279 $9,987.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7022
Owner: ftrifilio5
Grade: MS 61
Points: 5574
Owner: davidmckay
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