1915-S $20 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 06666167
PCGS#: 9168

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1915-S is one of the most common of the early issues, but it is slightly more rare than the 1914-S and 1916-S. I know of several hoards of more than a thousand pieces each that have been dispersed since the early 1970s, so it is not surprising that the 1915-S is easily obtainable in any Mint State grade below MS-65. Gems are certainly scarce, but a few hundred of them are known at least. There are also some superb MS-67 quality examples of this issue in existence.

The 1915-S is almost always very sharply struck. Many specimens have a broad, square rim and a partial wire edge. The surfaces often have a marked granularity and/or metal flow and sometimes have peculiar smooth, shiny areas. (These are seen on some other $20 issues of this period as well but not nearly as often as on the 1915-S.) Lustre is typically very good as is the color which is most often a rich orange and greenish gold.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 567,500 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
40
1,505
2
45+
1,505
50
1,510
4
50+
1,510
53+
1,515
55
1,540
33
55+
1,540
58+
1,550
62+
1,670
5
63+
1,790
35
66+
18,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 86,666 R-2.1 40 / 49 TIE 43 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 63,333 R-2.3 41 / 49 45 / 54
65 or Better 6,250 R-3.7 41 / 49 45 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade Dr. Steven Duckor collection
2 MS66 PCGS grade Simpson collection
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade