Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,774,925
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1697.30 (9/19/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1909 S $20 MS obverse 1909 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this San Francisco issue soared after a slow start in 1908. The date can be found easily in all grades thru MS 65. In Gem condition, however, the 1909-S is very rare. Less than two dozen are known above MS 66. It is quite underrated in Gem condition. Most examples seen are well struck, but bag marks plague most examples. Several thousand were found in South American bank vaults. Most were distributed through a coin company (MTB) in New York City in the 1980s.


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Last Updated: 9/19/2021

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1909 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1825 1825 1825 1845 1855 1870 1870 1870 1900 1925 2075 2100 2150 2250 4700 22500 50000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2125 2175 2300 6250 30000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5890
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/14/2021 1909 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----24108561864154716621799134521911----5890
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-------------510186-----39
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Total-----24108561864154716671809136322511----5929
 -----0%0%0%0%1%3%1%9%28%31%23%4%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2436243624362436244824552461246424642464248024952600260026282685371271389588101661098411850
2436243624362440245024572462246424642469248525302600260926473027485479559781104391127312443
00000024622464246424692485253026002609264730274854795597811043900
00000024632464246424752490256526002619266633705996877199731071100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3712
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3712
Owner: Jesse T Brown
 
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