Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,776,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1453.56 (8/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1925 S $20 MS obverse 1925 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Despite an extremely large mintage, the 1925–S is quite scarce today. The vast majority were sent to the melting pots. Less than 1,000 coins have been certified by the major grading services. Unlike the other rare dates of this vintage, small number were saved by American collectors at the time of issue. There are a few splendid Gems examples known for the date. The finest example I have seen is the nearly flawless coins that were once part of the Norweb collection. Interestingly, last week I was able to purchase two Choice examples of the 1925–S Double Eagle across the counter in Lexington, Kentucky. The family that sold them had lived in California at one time, and had no idea of the their value. It’s amazing what still shows up in the world of numismatics.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1925 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2400 2450 2500 2875 3750 5000 5250 5700 7500 9750 10000 13000 15400 49000 155000 270000 390000 550000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 65000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 409
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1925 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2-6719291024781073219211---409
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Total----2-6719291024781083320211---412
 ----0 %-1 %2 %5 %7 %25 %1 %19 %26 %8 %5 %0 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/10/2001 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1446, 1446/Lot# 1159 $1,951.75
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2709 $5,462.50
10/24/2006 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 3638 $1,840.00
6/11/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 383, 389/Lot# 8118 $5,520.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2323 $16,100.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 5114 $40,250.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4469 $7,187.50
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 179095 $13,945.81


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2585269927272754286032163447376539524111456551585367587964379756147511635318723217492946844211
2623270827362789297932933553382740054262476352285538606575431142115285171431973224322343820
000000355338274005426247635228553860657543114211528517143197322432200
000000365938904058441449605297570862518650130861581917933207402689500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5367
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4565
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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