1916-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
9169
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
796,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
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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 26,500 R-2.7 30 / 49 TIE 32 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 18,166 R-2.8 32 / 49 TIE 34 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 3,250 R-4.3 39 / 49 42 / 54
Survival Estimate
All Grades 26,500
60 or Better 18,166
65 or Better 3,250
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-2.8
65 or Better R-4.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 49 TIE
65 or Better 39 / 49
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 32 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 34 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 42 / 54

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Fox Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 11/2018:379, $24,675

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor collection

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:3428, $6,038 - Heritage 9/2018:3275, $13,200 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 6/2019:493

6 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Fox Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 11/2018:379, $24,675

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor collection

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:3428, $6,038 - Heritage 9/2018:3275, $13,200 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 6/2019:493

#6 MS66 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

The 1916-S is the second most common early mintmarked issue after the 1911-D. It is a little less rare than either the 1914-S or 1915-S and several hoards totally thousands of Mint State pieces have been dispersed over the past two decades. in 1983, a group of over 4,000 Mint State examples was discovered in Central America, and many pieces graded in the MS-63 to MS-65 range. As a result, the 1916-S is now a relatively common issue in any Mint State grade up to and including MS-65. There are also a number of superb, nearly perfect examples of this issue known, more than anynother early issue except perhaps the 1911-D, 1907 Arabic Numerals and 1908 No Motto.

The 1916-S seems to have been minted to a very high standard of quality. The strike is almost always very sharp and the surfaces, although they occasionally show signs of very fine granularity, do not have the metal flow problems encountered on many examples of the 1915-S. Lustre is always very good to excellent and the color is usually a very appealing rich greenish gold, sometimes with a light orange or coppery tint. High-grade examples of this issue invariably have great "eye appeal."