1909-S $20 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: -35673
PCGS#: 9153

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Kelly (1954) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $770

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1909-S is a common issue in anything less than gem condition. Several rather large hoards of Uncirculated examples have been uncovered, including several thousand pieces in Central America in 1983. Gem quality coins are very scarce but certainly not rare, and I have seen quite a few that graded a full MS-65 over the years. There are also a few exceptional quality examples of this issue known that are distinctly better than MS-65. The MS-65+ to MS-67 Eliasberg coin comes first to mind, and I have seen others. Overall, I find this issue to be somewhat more elusive in high grade than any of the other early San Francisco Mint issues except the 1908-S and 1913-S.

Most 1909-S double eagles are very sharply struck and have "soft" frosty surfaces and some granularity. A few are rather satiny, but I have never seen one with the super satiny finish that is present on some specimens of the 1908-S. Lustre is good to very good but seldom really exceptional. Color, however, is a strong point with most specimens having very appealing greenish gold to light rose or orange color. Many specimens have distinctly "rounded" rims.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 2,774,925 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
3
1
30
1,415
1
35
1,415
2
40
1,425
3
45
1,425
9
45+
1,425
50+
1,430
53+
1,435
55+
1,460
58+
1,470
62+
1,650
5
63+
1,850
19
66+
38,000
67
67,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 71,666 R-2.2 39 / 49 42 / 54
60 or Better 23,333 R-2.7 35 / 49 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 33 / 49 36 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4611, $34,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade