Coins Certified as of 2/7

My Coin #13089525

1901-S $20 MS64

PCGS#: 9040

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): I am sure that it will come as a surprise to most collectors to learn that the 1901-S is not a common date. The Half Eagle and Eagle of this date and mint are both very common, even in Gem condition, but the Double Eagle very definitely is not. That is not to say that the 1901-S Double Eagle is a great rarity, but it certainly is a very scarce date, if not a rare one, in gem condition. I have seen no more than a couple of true gems and not really all that many that were even choice Unc. Overall, the 1901-S is comparable to the 1888-S, 1892-S, 1893-S and 1905-S (not to mention the low mintage 1902 and 1906) and it is much rarer than the common 1901, especially in mint state. This date is another prime example of the fact that mintages can be very misleading in the determination of true rarity. I consider the 1901-S to be one of the most underrated dates in the Double Eagle series in uncirculated condition.


Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,596,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 22,750 R-2.7 48 / 73 TIE 123 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 5,000 R-4.0 48 / 73 TIE 118 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 11 / 73 TIE 19 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade