1920-S $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
9171
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
558,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS 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 150 R-7.5 6 / 49 TIE 6 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 73 R-8.2 5 / 49 5 / 54
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 2 / 49 TIE 2 / 54 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150
60 or Better 73
65 or Better 6
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 49
65 or Better 2 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 54
65 or Better 2 / 54 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 66

“Old-time collection” - sold by Todd Imhof of Heritage Auctions to Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection in early 2006 - Heritage 1/2012:4629, $575,000

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1051, $30,800 - David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Philip Morse - Heritage 11/2005:6641, $517,500

3 MS65 PCGS grade

H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank" Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:185, $103,500 - Heritage 8/2004:7782, not sold -  Dr. EJC 20th Century Gold Collection - Cherny Collection - Heritage 11/2016:5628, $517,000 

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2011:5314, $212,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:2074, $264,500

3 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 64+

Simpson Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3622 (as PCGS MS64+ 06666170), $161,000

8 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

8 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7699, $115,000

8 MS64 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6642, $120,750 - Dr. Robert Hesselgesser Collection - Goldbergs 9/2007:3523, $166,750 - Goldbergs 9/2012:2232, not sold

 
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 66 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

“Old-time collection” - sold by Todd Imhof of Heritage Auctions to Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection in early 2006 - Heritage 1/2012:4629, $575,000

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1051, $30,800 - David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Philip Morse - Heritage 11/2005:6641, $517,500

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank" Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:185, $103,500 - Heritage 8/2004:7782, not sold -  Dr. EJC 20th Century Gold Collection - Cherny Collection - Heritage 11/2016:5628, $517,000 

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2011:5314, $212,750

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:2074, $264,500

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 64+ 
#7 MS64+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3622 (as PCGS MS64+ 06666170), $161,000

MS64 PCGS grade #8 MS64 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#8 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7699, $115,000

#8 MS64 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6642, $120,750 - Dr. Robert Hesselgesser Collection - Goldbergs 9/2007:3523, $166,750 - Goldbergs 9/2012:2232, not sold

David Akers (1975/88):

The 1920-S is one of the top condition rarities of the entire series. In fact, it is the second rarest collectible issue, only slightly less rare than the 1921 and actually more rare than a 1927-D or 1907 Extremely High Relief in MS-64 or higher grade! The finest specimen I know of is in the Browning Collection held in trust by a Texas bank; it is virtually perfect in all respects with great color and lustre and bagmark-free, satiny surfaces. I graded it MS-67 when I saw it. Eliasberg's specimen (now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor) is another full gem as is the example in the collection of a prominent Eastern collector. Only a few others qualify as gems or near gems, including one in my personal collection graded "MS-64" by PCGS. There are far more collectors of high quality Saint-Gaudens $20s around than there are Mint State 1920-S double eagles, especially top quality ones.

The 1920-S is usually softly struck on the lower obverse near the rim, especially affecting the Capitol building and stars. However, it is generally sharp elsewhere. Lustre is typically very good to excellent. Most Mint State examples, particularly the higher grade ones, have excellent color, usually a rich orange color, often with traces of green and gold. The surfaces of some specimens have a beautiful satiny sheen, but most examples are frosty. On some examples, there is a peculiar, triangle shaped shiny spot that almost appears to be an abrasion near the reverse rim above the eagle's beak, but it is identical on all specimens on which it appears and is, therefore, "as made."