Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,774,925
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: $1176.67 (5/31/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 S $20 MS obverse 1909 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this San Francisco issue soared after a slow start in 1908. The date can be found easily in all grades thru MS 65. In Gem condition, however, the 1909-S is very rare. Less than two dozen are known above MS 66. It is quite underrated in Gem condition. Most examples seen are well struck, but bag marks plague most examples. Several thousand were found in South American bank vaults. Most were distributed through a coin company (MTB) in New York City in the 1980s.


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Last Updated: 11/25/2015

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1909 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1850 1900 2050 2350 6000 30000 66000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 1950 2150 3000 7400 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5756
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Date
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Grade
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9/13/1999 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1210, 1210/Lot# 1908 $633.00
6/3/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23062, 23062/Lot# 12140 $5,635.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1136 $862.50
12/12/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #66, 71/Lot# 1072 $891.25
5/30/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 2724 $3,450.00
3/24/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2507, 2507/Lot# 2268 $4,144.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1384 $1,989.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8199 $1,351.25
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 174605 $1,760.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21972226223322402247225422612268227422852295230823682433259126714353796010571168652685740673
2207222822352242224922562263227022782288229923282390248626183232555588301266920196314620
000000226322702278228822992328239024862618323255558830126692019600
000000226622722281229223042348241125382644379267589701147672352600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4353
Owner: Jesse T Brown
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2671
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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