Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 74,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1213.34 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1930 S $20 MS obverse 1930 S $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1930–S Double Eagle is a major rarity in any grade. The original mintage was much lower than others of the era, and most of these were destroyed. There are probably less than 100 survivors of the date. Those that did survive were likely held by American coin collectors or dealers and it is almost certain that none were shipped overseas from this Western mint. Nearly all are in Mint State condition. I have seen a few damaged or polished examples. For many years the 1930–S, 1931, 1931–D and 1932 Double Eagles traded for around $40,000 in Choice condition. In the last decade or so, interest in the Saint–Gaudens series has surged, and the purchase of any of these dates now requires a six figure investment in most cases. The Smithsonian collection contains three examples of this rare issue. One of the coins would probably grade MS 68 and is one of the finest examples of any date Saint–Gaudens Double Eagle I have seen. The coin is truly a miracle of survival!


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2016

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1930 S $20 MS
Base $ - - - - - - 45000 50000 64000 74000 79000 85000 120000 190000 215000 305000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/9/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1984 $86,250.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2702 $161,000.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1864 $158,125.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(4), 1166/Lot# 4649 $230,000.00
1/8/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5601 $32,900.00
3/20/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30509 $176,381.60

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1930 S $20 MS
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