Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,041,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1214.89 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1926 S $20 MS obverse 1926 S $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 12/1/2016

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Total Graded: 655
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2800 $6,612.50
11/8/2009 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2768, 2768/Lot# 2642 $24,150.00
6/1/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9571 $1,955.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4836 $6,462.50
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 375 $8,853.00
11/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3947 $7,050.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 190713 $13,500.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13280 $7,050.00

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: jtryka
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