Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,779,750
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1809.73 (1/20/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1929 $20 MS obverse 1929 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This issue starts the beginning of the rare, late date Saints–Gaudens Double Eagles. It is the most obtainable of the group from 1929 to 1932, but is still very rare and seldom available. The American stock market crashed in 1929 and the world economies sank into depression. Very few of this date were sent to Europe and many of the survivors seen are the result of some small hoards that surfaced over the years. A small hoard of 40 coins was discovered in 1984 in England and I personally purchased a small group of 10 coins in the early 1990s. With banks failing at alarming rates, it should be no surprise that many individuals squirreled away some hard assets. Today, just a few hundred are estimated to have survived the great gold melts of the 1930s. Most seen are MS 62 to MS 64. Gems are very rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2019

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1929 $20 MS
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Base $ - - - - - - - 16750 19250 21750 26000 31000 42000 48500 85000 137500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 32000 43500 53000 - 165000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 125
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/19/2021 1929 $20 MS
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Base---------151516296161----125
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Total---------151517296261----127
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 $20 MS
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Base3447356437473984456555155836624863246545688673177651820088299520119701352723669363185338975778
34863625382641784882562259736273639866597030742878348410905910337124891690827885420086085279567
000000597362736398665970307428783484109059103371248916908278854200800
000000611162996471677271737540801786199290111531300820288321024769900
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