Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,938,250
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1452.20 (8/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1931 $20 MS obverse 1931 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Unlike nearly all other earlier issues of the series, no examples of this date appear to have been sent overseas to European banks. As the Depression in America deepened in the early 1930s, the Philadelphia Mint coined a substantial number of Double Eagles during 1931. These sat around in Treasury or bank vaults, only to be gathered up a few years later and melted. Virtually the entire mintage was wiped out. Today there are probably less than 100 known in all grades. Most of the coins that do appear would grade from MS 62 to MS 64. A couple of superb examples are known for the date. The Smithsonian collection has three, one of which would grade MS 67, and the Phillip Morse coin is a Superb Gem. The date is highly sought after by collectors and usually only available when a great collection has made its way to auction.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1931 $20 MS
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Base $ - - - - 21800 24200 25000 26000 30000 36500 46000 54500 77000 94500 137500 162500 400000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 32
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1931 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------151565----32
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Total-------------151665----33
 -------------3 %15 %48 %18 %15 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/5/2000 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7948 $30,475.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 4153 $132,250.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5602 $70,500.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5500 $88,125.00
7/20/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 190911 $19,800.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5767 $64,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4694504953675563583664006685719873747651810687689234101051119711842128481468618866274654085259394
481251555432565460246495685672577466780383278923952410469114121217713461160792173231927470330
00000068567257746678038327892395241046911412121771346116079217323192700
00000070277315755979548547907998151083311627125131407317473245993639000
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