1905-S $20 MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -4630
PCGS#: 9048

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): For years, most collectors and dealers have used mintage figures as their principal guide in determining the rarity of a particular coin. (PCGS CoinFacts editors note: remember, David Akers was writing this in 1982, before PCGS and population reports. But his comments were very accurate for the time and very interesting for us today.) However, as I have stated many times, mintage figures can be very misleading, and the 1905-S is a perfect example of this fact. With a mintage of 1.8 million pieces, the 1905-S should be quite common, even in Unc. Wrong! Choice mint state pieces are very scarce and I have seen no more than a couple of true gems.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,813,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,435
1
3
1,465
4
1,470
6
1,475
8
1,480
10
1,485
12
1,490
15
1,495
20
1,500
1
25
1,505
30
1,510
1
35
1,510
45+
1,520
50+
1,535
53+
1,535
55+
1,550
58+
1,575
62+
2,420
7
63+
4,400
11
67
175,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 9,750 R-3.0 39 / 73 112 / 148
60 or Better 4,000 R-4.2 45 / 73 TIE 115 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 21 / 73 TIE 31 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade