Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 481,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1225.15 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1926 D $20 MS obverse 1926 D $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is much rarer than the 1924–D, 1924–S, 1925–D and 1925–S. Most of the ample mintage was destroyed in the great melts of the 1930s. Of the coins that survived, most grade MS 60 to MS 64. Gems are exceedingly rare. This date is one of the true condition rarities of the series. To date, none have been graded by NGC above MS 64. The Smithsonian collection contains three examples, one of which grades MS 67 and is undoubtedly the finest known. It was obtained directly from the United States Mint at the time of issue. At one time this date was considered more rare than the much vaulted 1927–D. As with the other rarities of this era, small numbers have been found over the years in groups coming from Europe.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/6/2017

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1926 D $20 MS
Base $ - - - 11500 13750 14900 15750 16500 17750 18250 19250 21500 24000 47000 210000 375000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 80000 - 525000 - -

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Total Graded: 103
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3539 $66,125.00
8/26/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28091, 28091/Lot# 21602 $23,000.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5935 $44,062.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5595 $19,975.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2750 $17,037.50
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5693 $39,950.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 D $20 MS
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