1913-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
9163
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
34,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major 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 5,583 R-3.8 20 / 49 21 / 54
60 or Better 3,083 R-4.3 20 / 49 TIE 21 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 37 R-8.7 17 / 49 TIE 17 / 54 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,583
60 or Better 3,083
65 or Better 37
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.8
60 or Better R-4.3
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 49
60 or Better 20 / 49 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 21 / 54
60 or Better 21 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 54 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6616, $149,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Kevin Lipton, sold privately - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4621, $35,938 - Heritage 9/2014:3505, $35,250 - “Fox” Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #9163 (MS)     65
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6616, $149,500

MS65 PCGS grade #2 MS65 PCGS grade

Kevin Lipton, sold privately - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4621, $35,938 - Heritage 9/2014:3505, $35,250 - “Fox” Collection

MS65 PCGS grade #2 MS65 PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

PCGS #9163 (MS)     65 #2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

Most 1913-S double eagles are fairly well struck, but a good number of them are quite weak along the bottom obverse rim from 5:00 to 7:00. This shows up as weakness in the Capitol building, the leaves lying against the rock, and especially the stars. Nearly all examples of this issue have very good to excellent lustre, "soft" frosty surfaces and excellent color. The color is almost always a light to medium orange gold and some specimens have noticeable reddish copper spots.

Are mintage figures an accurate gauge of relative rarity between issues from different series? Well, consider for a moment the 1913-S eagle and 1913-S double eagle. The mintage of the latter is almost exactly half the mintage of the eagle and yet the 1913-S $10 is one of the 20th-century's prime gold rarities in Mint State while the $20 is only moderately rare except at the highest Mint State levels. Now, how accurate is mintage when comparing issues of the same series? Again, consider the 1913-S double eagle. It has the third lowest mintage of the entire series (after the 1907 High Relief and 1908-S) and yet it ranks squarely in the middle of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Obviously then, one cannot look to mintage figures to provide meaningful rarity information. The above comments should not be taken as a denigration of the 1913-S because it is quite rare even in MS-63 and true gems are very rare. However, I have seen a fair number of MS-65 specimens and even a few superb, nearly perfect ones, the finest possibly being the fabulous example in the Browning Collection in a Texas bank.