Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,041,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1808.36 (6/15/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1926 S $20 MS obverse 1926 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: In similar fashion, the 1926–S Double Eagle suffered the same fate as its Denver brother of the same year. The rather impressive mintage was all but obliterated from the public’s hands, though a few have turned up in overseas bank hoards. Those that have survived show typical San Francisco beveled edges and slight weakness through the stars at the periphery. They are also usually frosty and lustrous. The 1926–S is the most common of the mint marked issues struck from 1924 to 1927. Choice examples can be found with moderate difficulty. Gems are quite rare and command substantial sums when available. The Smithsonian collection contains two superb examples, both of which would probably grade MS 66. Both were obtained from the US Mint at the time of issue. A single example has been graded by NGC as MS 67, but that coin has not traded at public auction.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/15/2021

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1926 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1930 1955 1980 2150 2350 2700 2850 3000 3200 3550 4150 5200 6250 10400 25000 90000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 7000 12350 - 120000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 644
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 6/8/2021 1926 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------4142251251792672431---644
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-------------1651-----13
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Total---------4142251261852722531---657
 ---------1%2%0%4%19%28%41%4%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243624362451682025552671028602936300931033260350638854217524374311175412425131231410915150
24362441390768202594267195328852960304031553342363239964559597288721197812658134521445615908
000000953288529603040315533423632399645595972887211978126581345200
00000019072911298530723208342437594106490167021031312201128901378000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7431
Owner: mikejay973
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 5243
Owner: Sam Essex
 
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