Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 481,000
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: $1228.14 (10/26/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/8/2016

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1926 D $20 MS
Base $ - - 7500 10500 12750 13900 14650 16000 17500 18000 18750 19500 27000 51500 220000 385000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 23000 - 100000 - 535000 - -

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Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2703 $28,175.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5456 $18,917.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4614 $19,975.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4991 $41,125.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10257 $11,162.50
10/3/2016 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3376 $11,750.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 D $20 MS
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