Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,779,750
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: $1293.16 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1929 $20 MS obverse 1929 $20 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This issue starts the beginning of the rare, late date Saints–Gaudens Double Eagles. It is the most obtainable of the group from 1929 to 1932, but is still very rare and seldom available. The American stock market crashed in 1929 and the world economies sank into depression. Very few of this date were sent to Europe and many of the survivors seen are the result of some small hoards that surfaced over the years. A small hoard of 40 coins was discovered in 1984 in England and I personally purchased a small group of 10 coins in the early 1990s. With banks failing at alarming rates, it should be no surprise that many individuals squirreled away some hard assets. Today, just a few hundred are estimated to have survived the great gold melts of the 1930s. Most seen are MS 62 to MS 64. Gems are very rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2016

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1929 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 5500 7500 11750 16000 16500 18000 20500 23000 27000 32500 39750 49000 95000 137000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 34000 43000 57000 - 165000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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11/29/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1382, 1382/Lot# 1726 $8,229.00
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 5316 $86,250.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3544 $52,900.00
1/9/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3401 $48,875.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3337 $38,187.50
3/20/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30508 $49,937.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3447356437473984456555155836624863246545688673177651820088299520119701352723669363185338975778
3486362538264178488256225973627363986659703074287834841090591033712489169082788542008608520
000000597362736398665970307428783484109059103371248916908278854200800
000000611162996471677271737540801786199290111531300820288321024769900
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