Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,779,750
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1160.71 (11/25/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1929 $20 MS obverse 1929 $20 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This issue starts the beginning of the rare, late date Saints–Gaudens Double Eagles. It is the most obtainable of the group from 1929 to 1932, but is still very rare and seldom available. The American stock market crashed in 1929 and the world economies sank into depression. Very few of this date were sent to Europe and many of the survivors seen are the result of some small hoards that surfaced over the years. A small hoard of 40 coins was discovered in 1984 in England and I personally purchased a small group of 10 coins in the early 1990s. With banks failing at alarming rates, it should be no surprise that many individuals squirreled away some hard assets. Today, just a few hundred are estimated to have survived the great gold melts of the 1930s. Most seen are MS 62 to MS 64. Gems are very rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/12/2014

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1929 $20 MS
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Base $ - - 5500 7500 11750 11750 16000 16500 18000 20500 23000 27000 34000 39750 51500 92000 135000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 29000 36000 45500 60000 101000 165000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 128
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/11/2000 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 6941 $28,175.00
11/29/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1382, 1382/Lot# 1726 $8,229.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4877 $49,450.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4380 $40,250.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5461 $28,200.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5967 $30,550.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 $20 MS
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Base3238340135713747423149215143535156945905619963826903780289249715122081461923669363185338975778
3292345736293908446149955212546557646003626065557202817691871054613011176352788542008608520
000000521254655764600362606555720281769187105461301117635278854200800
000000528155795834610163216729750285509451113771381520652321014769800
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Grade: UNC Details
Points: 3191
Owner: MCB1980
 
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