Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 149,750
Catalog: KM-131
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.436g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1232.01 (10/28/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1912 $20 MS obverse 1912 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is very popular as the Philadelphia issue are the only Double Eagles struck for the year. They are doubly popular this year during the centennial of its issue. In early 1912, New Mexico and Arizona joined the United States, thus increasing the 46 star count then current on the obverse die. An additional two stars were added below the date near the oak leaves, and the other 46 stars remained in their current place. Although technically a new type was created by the addition of the two stars, these additional stars are not widely recognized by collectors. As a result of its low mintage, the 1912 Double Eagle is quite scarce in all levels of Mint State. Most seen are heavily bag marked, probably the result of rough handling from their trips overseas and back. Small groups of the date have surfaced over the years, but very few have been found in Gem condition. Just 3 coins have been certified as MS 66 by NGC, and the last one to appear sold for $27,600 in 2005. Interestingly, the business strike 1912 Double Eagle is one of the few gold coins missing from the Smithsonian collection.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2016

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1912 $20 MS
Base $ 1525 1530 1535 1540 1550 1565 1575 1600 1625 1700 1775 1900 2400 6200 28000 62500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 1800 2150 2900 8800 37500 114000 - -

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Total Graded: 2448
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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3/14/2001 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1417, 1417/Lot# 1748 $527.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1584 $661.25
10/3/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210102, 210102/Lot# 22369 $2,012.50
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5970 $4,600.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2200 $2,041.25
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 36026 $1,842.50
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1342 $1,872.00
6/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2745 $16,450.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11809 $3,995.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2401
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2401
Owner: EzyRyder
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