Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 558,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1440.99 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1920 S $20 MS obverse 1920 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1920–S Double Eagle is one of the most significant rarities of this series. Many show minor striking weakness on the lower portion of the obverse and this area is prone to the similar weaknesses that are seen on other dates as well. Luster is average for this date. No significant numbers have turned up from overseas hoards. The 1920–S is the first of the latter dates Saint–Gaudens Double Eagles with large mintages that are now very rare. Most were melted in the great gold recall of the 1930s. More significantly, none that I am aware of have been found in the large hoards that have returned from overseas trade. The date is rare in all grades and only four or five are known at the Gem level. The finest example I have seen is the Eliasberg specimen. The Smithsonian collection contains a fabulous MS 64 example. Around this time the US Mint carefully preserved Choice examples of US gold coins each year for its collection. As we proceed in this narrative, you will be astounded at some of the coins that were saved by Mint employees of the era. The American Numismatic Society also contains a superb example.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/2/2019

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1920 S $20 MS
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Base $ - - 11000 17500 21800 31500 34000 37500 42500 51500 68500 85000 93500 155000 375000 680000 - - - -
$ - - - - 47000 - - 90000 - 215000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1920 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------11413311181372-----73
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Total-------11413311181372-----73
 -------1 %1 %5 %18 %4 %15 %25 %18 %10 %3 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 5717 $63,250.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13351 $96,937.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1901 $64,625.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5757 $30,197.50
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5628 $517,000.00
4/26/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1254/Lot# 4372 $29,375.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base469449355158536763247258765181538338872792341022610919114831197013281174702291232441482126904795900
47745009522856866635738978188215846888969565104571110711645124071467719284260883769855157779980
0000007818821584688896956510457111071164512407146771928426088376985515700
0000007986827685979065989510688112951180812844160742109829265429556210200
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