Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,658,000
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: $1251.65 (5/2/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1922 S $20 MS obverse 1922 S $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for this issue is astounding considering that it is quite scarce today. This is a date that suffered tremendously from the massive meltings of gold coins in the 1930s. At one time is was considered one of the prime rarities for the series ranking along side the 1920–S, 1929, and 1930s issues. Small hoards of the date have surfaced continually over the years. This issue is now scarce, but collectible. Most seen grade MS 62 to MS 64. Gems are rare and only a few have been graded as MS 66. Production quality for the issue is high and luster and strike are not a problem for the issue. Some examples seen have a noticeable die bulge on the obverse and the rims are somewhat rounded. The Smithsonian collection contains a single MS 62 example.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2015

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1922 S $20 MS
Base $ 1675 1700 1750 1825 1950 2150 2300 2500 2650 3000 3750 5000 8250 56000 130000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 3250 4500 6100 12500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 900
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/22/1993 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Baltimore Bullet #109, 109/Lot# 923 $660.00
5/26/1999 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1168, 1168/Lot# 2256 $870.38
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1596 $2,530.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 7522 $2,990.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 5254 $4,600.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1981 $28,750.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7907 $3,852.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5322 $11,162.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3307
Owner: davidmckay
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