1909-D $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
9152
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
52,500
Mint:
Denver
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 3,283 R-4.3 19 / 49 20 / 54
60 or Better 1,200 R-4.9 17 / 49 17 / 54
65 or Better 27 R-8.9 14 / 49 TIE 14 / 54 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,283
60 or Better 1,200
65 or Better 27
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-4.9
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 49
60 or Better 17 / 49
65 or Better 14 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 20 / 54
60 or Better 17 / 54
65 or Better 14 / 54 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy Galleries 10/1982:1032 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage - Heritage 11/2005:6569, $161,000 - Jacob Collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles - Heritage 1/2008:3368, $218,500 - Bella Collection - A&A Saints Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

John P. Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3268 - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4610, $80,500 - Heritage 4/2012:5373, $77,625

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/2000:917, $39,100 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:5500, $66,125

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Collection - Heritage 11/2014:3422, $64,625 - Heritage 4/2015:5484, $70,500

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 estimated grade
9 MS65 PCGS grade

Jay Brahin Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1339, $29,900 - “Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

9 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy Galleries 10/1982:1032 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage - Heritage 11/2005:6569, $161,000 - Jacob Collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles - Heritage 1/2008:3368, $218,500 - Bella Collection - A&A Saints Collection

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

John P. Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3268 - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4610, $80,500 - Heritage 4/2012:5373, $77,625

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/2000:917, $39,100 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:5500, $66,125

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Collection - Heritage 11/2014:3422, $64,625 - Heritage 4/2015:5484, $70,500

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 estimated grade
#9 MS65 PCGS grade

Jay Brahin Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1339, $29,900 - “Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#9 MS65 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1909-D is generally sharply struck, and most have "soft" frosty surfaces; a few, however, have satiny tendencies. Some, but not all, have a very slight granularity as well. Nearly all known Mint State examples come from a hoard of several hundred pieces that was discovered in Central America in 1983. These coins have average to slightly better than average lustre and light to medium orange and greenish gold toning. The mintmark is short and wide and on many specimens I have seen, there are numerous raised die scratches around it.

Until the group was discovered in Central America, this issue was extremely rare in any Mint State grade and all but unobtainable in MS-63 or better condition. Now, however, the 1909-D can only be considered scarce in Mint State and, since many of the coins in the hoard were in choice condition, it is now fairly available up to and including the MS-63 grade. MS-64 examples remain rare, however, and gems are still nearly impossible to find. Four specimens (none from the hoard, and possibly all assay pieces) stand head and shoulders above the rest. Harry Bass' and Dr. Steven Duckor's (ex Eliasberg) are both virtually perfect. It would be hard to imagine a finer Saint-Gaudens $20 of any date or mint than either of these. The Browning Collection in a Texas bank contains a superb gem, and I have seen a fourth of similar quality in a famous private collection.