1926 $20 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 25530293
PCGS#: 9183

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1926 is one of the most common issues of the Saint-Gaudens series, but it is still a distinct step higher in overall population rarity and condition rarity than such truly common issues as the 1924, 1927 and 1928 with which it is generally, but incorrectly, associated. Contrary to what some other experts have written, the 1926 is also significantly more rare than the 1925, especially in gem condition. A few superb (MS-67 or better) examples do exist but they are extremely rare.

The 1926 is always very sharply struck with full frosty surfaces and very good to excellent lustre. Color varies, but rich yellow orange gold or greenish gold are predominant. Many specimens have orange or rose-colored highlights and it is not unusual to see copper spots or stains. Top grade examples of this issue, like all the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1924 to 1932, are highly attractive, and it is obvious that all of these late issues were minted to a very high standard.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 816,750 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
40
1,505
45
1,505
1
45+
1,505
50
1,510
50+
1,510
53+
1,515
55
1,540
30
55+
1,540
58
1,550
257
58+
1,550
62+
1,670
5
63+
1,790
33

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 149,166 R-1.9 42 / 49 TIE 46 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 128,333 R-1.9 43 / 49 TIE 47 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 20,000 R-2.8 45 / 49 49 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Simpson collection
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade