Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,776,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1194.19 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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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: 12/1/2016

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1925 S $20 MS
Base $ 2400 2450 2500 2700 3450 4900 5400 5900 6750 9750 10750 13750 16250 52000 170000 285000 390000 550000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 65000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 418
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 4133 $25,300.00
9/23/2009 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2749, 2749/Lot# 1739 $2,472.50
3/24/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 2826 $80,500.00
1/6/2011 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5102 $12,362.50
7/7/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 5276 $4,887.50
5/5/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 112404 $4,218.50
7/27/2013 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5433 $3,965.63
8/10/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(5), 1238/Lot# 6180 $2,820.00

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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