1923 $20 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 25530285
PCGS#: 9175

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Although the 1923 is widely considered to be a "common" date, it is really only deserving of that status in MS-63 or lower condition. In MS-64 condition, this issue is surprisingly difficult to locate and true gems are far more rare than all but the long time specialists in this series realize. Above the MS-65 level, the 1923 is a major rarity and I do not recall ever seeing one that I would grade a full MS-67. Other specialists have reported seeing a very few such specimens, however.

The 1923 is generally very well struck, although many, if not most, specimens are a little weak on the Capitol building and the stars beneath it. The rim is usually sharp and square, often with a partial wire edge. All specimens are fully frosty. The color is typically a light to medium orange or coppery gold. Some examples show evidence of "mounding" or die bulging beneath the topmost stars.

 

 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 566,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
40
1,435
45
1,435
45+
1,435
50
1,440
4
50+
1,440
53
1,445
2
53+
1,445
55
1,470
46
55+
1,470
58+
1,480
62+
1,605
24
63+
1,690
48
65+
8,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 152,500 R-1.9 42 / 49 TIE 46 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 118,333 R-1.9 43 / 49 TIE 47 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 2,250 R-4.5 36 / 49 TIE 39 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '84” 7/1984:994 - David Akers - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6653 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection (repurchased in 2007) - Heritage 1/2012:4633, $40,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade