Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 796,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1483.18 (8/25/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1916 S $20 MS obverse 1916 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is moderately scarce, but can be found in MS 64 or MS 65 with minimal effort. The 1916–S was more difficult to locate until a large hoard of 4,000–5,000 coins were discovered in El Salvador around 1983. MTB of New York masterfully sold the coins to several large retail rare coin companies and the coins were widely distributed to retail customers with little market disruption. The quality of production for the 1916–S issue is quite high and choice examples display radiant luster. Just three coins have been graded by NGC as MS 67. One sold for $24,450 in 2009.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2019

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1916 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1480 1480 1480 1480 1510 1510 1520 1530 1530 1620 1680 1700 2100 2300 3200 6650 35000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1750 2150 2500 3750 19000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4271
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1916 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1-16221211617961299813957721453---4271
----------------2-----2
--------------411103----28
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Total-----1-162212116179612100214067841483---4301
 -----0 %-0 %0 %1 %3 %0 %4 %14 %23 %33 %18 %3 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/17/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1209 $2,024.00
9/4/2006 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2255, 2255/Lot# 2080 $3,136.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1713 $1,322.50
1/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131203/Lot# 23707 $2,530.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1346 $1,574.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7357 $3,063.23
6/15/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201216 $2,530.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4630 $2,056.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197222622332240224722542261226822742285229523082352240126142754338644728428140472284535186
2207222822352242224922562263227022782288229923232368247226612965374857911030116980269590
000000226322702278228822992323236824722661296537485791103011698000
000000226622722281229223042337238525432707317541107109121741991200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3386
Owner: jtryka
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3386
Owner: scotty's gold
 
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