Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 528,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1860.41 (8/12/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1921 $20 MS obverse 1921 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1921 Double Eagle is a close match to the rarity and desirability of the 1920–S issue. Virtually the entire mintage was destroyed during the 1930s and no hoards of any size have been discovered. The 1921 Double Eagle is one of the few dates that have about an equal number known of circulated and uncirculated examples. The AU 58 population numbers (20 coins) reported for the date are probably exaggerated due to re–submissions as the coin climbs rapidly in price from AU to Mint State. The 1921 Double Eagle is a prime rarity, but several Gem examples somehow survived. Interestingly, both the American Numismatic Society and the Smithsonian collection contain a Superb Gem example of the date. Both were obtained from the Mint at the time of issue. The Connecticut State Library contained two Gem examples that entered the market several years ago, one of which sold at auction for over $1,000,000 in 2007.

The numismatic community was stunned in the summer of 2000 when Sotheby's auction house offered a previously unknown example of a Proof Roman Finish presentation–strike 1921 Double Eagle. That coin traces its pedigree to Raymond T. Baker, who was director of the US Mint in 1921. Reportedly the piece was struck for the director's nephew, Joseph Baker, on his birth. The coin, which is lightly cleaned, sold for $203,500. In 2006, a second example of this incredible rarity surfaced. This time it was offered at auction incorrectly attributed as an MS 63. Two very knowledgeable numismatists battled until the hammer fell at $1,495,000. The newly discovered coin is nearly identical to the Sotheby's specimen but is original and unmolested. These presentation strikes rank as one of the most interesting issues of the Saint–Gaudens series. The auction record for business–strike examples of the 1921 Double Eagle has now crossed the million–dollar mark. One can only guess what these two rarities would bring on today's market.


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Last Updated: 5/1/2020

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1921 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1921 $20 MS
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Base----1--334211171581------74
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Total----1--334211171581------74
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base60896820707775437960923497231010510285111721186312757132811360615603192762265825541391915719980705110696
633369067232768283859397985010165105811140212161129321338914272168272040323619300914519465034907020
00000098501016510581114021216112932133891427216827204032361930091451946503400
00000099781022510876116331245913106134981493718052215312458034641511967287000
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