Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 106,500
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1198.44 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1931 D $20 MS obverse 1931 D $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Despite a much smaller mintage, the 1931–D is of similar rarity to the Philadelphia issue of the same year. It seems that none of this date was sent to European banks, but small numbers of the issue have surfaced in the States over the years. In the late 1980s I purchased a group of eight Mint State examples from an Ohio dealer. The coins all had significant bag marks and would probably grade MS 62 to MS 64 today. As mentioned earlier, these dates sold for much less in the 1980s and 1990s. I seem to remember them selling for around $25,000 each. With banks failing at an ever increasing rate in 1931, it is surprising that more individuals did not seek the safety of gold. Perhaps they did, but were compelled by the harsh language of the Act forcing Americans to turn over to all holdings of gold to the government. The Smithsonian collection contains three examples, one of which is probably the finest known and would grade at least MS 67.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2016

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1931 D $20 MS
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Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/12/1999 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 6642 $14,375.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3309 $230,000.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2340 $172,500.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2703 $103,500.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(4), 1166/Lot# 4651 $230,000.00
3/20/2014 NGC 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# 30511 $96,937.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 D $20 MS
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