Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,776,500
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: $1226.31 (10/22/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/8/2016

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1925 S $20 MS
Base $ 2400 2450 2500 2700 3450 4850 5400 5900 7500 10250 11000 13750 17250 52500 180000 250000 390000 650000 - -
$ - - - - 8500 - - - - 75000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 421
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/10/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1446, 1446/Lot# 1160 $4,536.50
2/20/2005 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2708 $14,375.00
6/11/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 383, 389/Lot# 8118 $5,520.00
5/5/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 112404 $4,218.50
8/6/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13279 $9,987.50
9/7/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1239/Lot# 5813 $8,812.50
9/7/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 5189 $3,760.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 6437
Owner: ftrifilio5
Grade: MS 61
Points: 5367
Owner: davidmckay
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