1922-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 #:
9174
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
2,658,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - 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 2,383 R-4.5 18 / 49 18 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 1,583 R-4.7 19 / 49 19 / 54
65 or Better 27 R-8.9 14 / 49 TIE 14 / 54 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,383
60 or Better 1,583
65 or Better 27
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-4.7
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 18 / 49
60 or Better 19 / 49
65 or Better 14 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 18 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 54
65 or Better 14 / 54 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Superior 7/2005:713, $94,300 (plate-matched) - “Bella” Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9174 (MS) 66

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade

Fox Collection

5 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

“Puifox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

5 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:4851, $44,650

8 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #9174 (MS)     65

Dr. Steven Duckor collection

8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #9174 (MS)     65
 
	MS66+ PCGS grade 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Superior 7/2005:713, $94,300 (plate-matched) - “Bella” Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #9174 (MS) 66 
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65+ PCGS grade

Fox Collection

MS65+ PCGS grade #5 MS65+ PCGS grade

“Puifox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#5 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:4851, $44,650

PCGS #9174 (MS)     65 #8 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor collection

#8 MS65 PCGS grade
PCGS #9174 (MS)     65 #8 MS65 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

At one time, the 1922-S was considered to be one of the premier rarities of the Saint-Gaudens series, more rare than such issues as the 1920-S, 1929, 1930-S, 1931 and 1932, among others. Then in the early 1950s a quantity was found in Europe, followed by several additional small hoards in the 1960s and early 1970s. As recently as 1983, a hoard of more than 200 pieces, many of them MS-63 to MS-65 quality, was discovered in Central America. As a result of these discoveries, the 1922-S is relatively common today (second only to the common 1923-D among mintmarked issues of the decade) and can be obtained without great difficulty in any Mint State grade up to and including MS-64. Gems remain rare, but enough are around that one can be located with only a moderate amount of searching. Of course, superb (MS-67) quality pieces, although a few do exist, are still all but impossible to locate.

The 1922-S is nearly always very sharply struck. The surfaces are frosty and usually have well above average lustre for the series. The color, particularly on most top grade specimens, is characteristically excellent, usually a rich greenish gold with orange highlights or a deep yellow gold with a coppery tint. Many specimens have noticeable reddish or orange copper spots. Some specimens have a noticeable inner "rim" (die bulge) just inside the normal rim that runs through the stars and tops of the reverse letters and across the sun. Rounded, almost beveled, rims are seen on many examples of this issue.