Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,938,250
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1102.08 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1931 $20 MS obverse 1931 $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Unlike nearly all other earlier issues of the series, no examples of this date appear to have been sent overseas to European banks. As the Depression in America deepened in the early 1930s, the Philadelphia Mint coined a substantial number of Double Eagles during 1931. These sat around in Treasury or bank vaults, only to be gathered up a few years later and melted. Virtually the entire mintage was wiped out. Today there are probably less than 100 known in all grades. Most of the coins that do appear would grade from MS 62 to MS 64. A couple of superb examples are known for the date. The Smithsonian collection has three, one of which would grade MS 67, and the Phillip Morse coin is a Superb Gem. The date is highly sought after by collectors and usually only available when a great collection has made its way to auction.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/2/2014

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1931 $20 MS
Base $ - - - 13500 17000 23000 24500 27000 31500 45000 58000 78000 92000 115000 155000 375000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 125000 - - -

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Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2823 $74,750.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3405 $57,500.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5463 $73,437.50
11/1/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3949 $18,800.00
7/20/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 190911 $19,800.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5767 $64,625.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3513 $105,751.18

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 $20 MS
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