1929 $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 #:
9190
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,779,750
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 943 R-5.1 13 / 49 13 / 54
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 15 / 49 15 / 54
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 19 / 49 19 / 54
Survival Estimate
All Grades 943
60 or Better 900
65 or Better 45
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.1
60 or Better R-5.2
65 or Better R-8.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 49
60 or Better 15 / 49
65 or Better 19 / 49
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 54
60 or Better 15 / 54
65 or Better 19 / 54

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 66+

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 66

Callahan Collection - Heritage 1/2005:30584, $77,625 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4648, $106,375

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:2788, $115,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/1997:384, $46,200 - Jacob Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3403, $138,000 - Heritage 9/2008:4508, $184,000 - Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - A&A Saints Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Fox Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

7 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

7 MS65 PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3306, $86,250 - Heritage 5/2007:2819, $83,375 - Ohringer Family Trust Holdings, Part II - Goldbergs 9/2008:1320, $77,625 - Stack’s 7/2009:1569, $70,000

7 MS65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 65

D.L. Hansen Collection

7 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 66+ 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

 
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 66 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Callahan Collection - Heritage 1/2005:30584, $77,625 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4648, $106,375

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:2788, $115,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/1997:384, $46,200 - Jacob Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3403, $138,000 - Heritage 9/2008:4508, $184,000 - Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - A&A Saints Collection

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #6 MS65+ PCGS grade

Fox Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS65 PCGS grade #7 MS65 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#7 MS65 PCGS grade

John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3306, $86,250 - Heritage 5/2007:2819, $83,375 - Ohringer Family Trust Holdings, Part II - Goldbergs 9/2008:1320, $77,625 - Stack’s 7/2009:1569, $70,000

 
	PCGS #9190 (MS) 65 
#7 MS65 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

MS65 PCGS grade #7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

David Akers' observations about this date remain fairly relevant today. It is true that of the 1929-1932 issues, the 1929 is the most common by far. In fact, there are twice as many PCGS-certified examples of the 1929 Double Eagle as there are of any of the other four dates from this period. While there are perhaps more Uncirculated 1929 Double Eagles available today than when Akers wrote, they remain very difficult to find in MS65 and better conditions.

David Akers (1975/88):

From this issue to the end of the series, every issue in the Saint-Gaudens series is a major rarity. The 1929 is the least rare of the group, but it is still very difficult to locate in every Mint State grade. There does not seem to be an appreciable difference in rarity from MS-60 to MS-63 since there are as many choice Mint State examples of this issue in existence as there are minimal Mint State ones. I have seen only a few really exceptional quality 1929 double eagles, coins that were definitely better than MS-65, but I know of at least two in prominent private collections that have strong claim to grading full MS-67. However, I have seen more super examples of the 1931 and 1932 than I have of the 1929, so it may come as a surprise to some that one is probably more likely to be able to find an MS-65+ or better 1931 or 1932 than a similar quality 1929.

The 1929 is nearly always very sharply struck. The typical specimen is fully frosty and has very good lustre and color. Most specimens are a medium to rich greenish gold or yellow gold color, sometimes with faint rose or orange overtones. Copper stains are often seen on this issue.