1909-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
9153
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
2,774,925
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9153 (MS) 66

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

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3398, $22,912.50 - "Fox" Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

"Fox" Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

"Fox" Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	PCGS #9153 (MS) 66 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

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

MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3398, $22,912.50 - "Fox" Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade

"Fox" Collection

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

"Fox" Collection

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
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.