Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,041,500
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 (10/23/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1926 S $20 MS obverse 1926 S $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: In similar fashion, the 1926–S Double Eagle suffered the same fate as its Denver brother of the same year. The rather impressive mintage was all but obliterated from the public’s hands, though a few have turned up in overseas bank hoards. Those that have survived show typical San Francisco beveled edges and slight weakness through the stars at the periphery. They are also usually frosty and lustrous. The 1926–S is the most common of the mint marked issues struck from 1924 to 1927. Choice examples can be found with moderate difficulty. Gems are quite rare and command substantial sums when available. The Smithsonian collection contains two superb examples, both of which would probably grade MS 66. Both were obtained from the US Mint at the time of issue. A single example has been graded by NGC as MS 67, but that coin has not traded at public auction.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2016

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Total Graded: 675
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/1/1996 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1996 May/June Long Beach Sale #157, 157/Lot# 7456 $1,815.00
5/13/2001 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1436, 1436/Lot# 1161 $3,798.00
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 5290 $25,300.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2798 $8,050.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4376 $20,700.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 11810 $22,425.00
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 375 $8,853.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 190713 $13,500.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4095
Owner: scotty's gold
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2960
Owner: Empire Builder
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