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: $1381.11 (7/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2019

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1909 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1410 1420 1420 1570 1570 1580 1580 1580 1580 1590 1600 1780 1820 1990 4625 24750 48500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1800 1880 2350 6400 30000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5846
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1909 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----23106571794253916491790133921911----5846
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-------------59163-----33
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Total-----23106571794253916541799135522211----5879
 -----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %1 %9 %28 %31 %23 %4 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
6/4/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #105, 105/Lot# 373 $935.00
9/17/2007 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2423, 2423/Lot# 2067 $4,032.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1691 $3,910.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1384 $1,989.00
4/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 106636 $1,652.20
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8199 $1,351.25
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1246 $2,425.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972226223322402247225422612268227422852295233523682401249526714141796010571168652685740673
2207222822352242224922562263227022782288230823462379243225543161541488301266920196314620
000000226322702278228823082346237924322554316154148830126692019600
000000226622722281229223222357239024642612365166879701147672352600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4141
Owner: Jesse T Brown
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4141
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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