1920 $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
9170
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
228,250
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 13,166 R-2.9 23 / 49 TIE 25 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 11,666 R-2.9 29 / 49 TIE 31 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 4 / 49 TIE 4 / 54 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 13,166
60 or Better 11,666
65 or Better 7
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-2.9
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 23 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 49 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 25 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 54 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 66

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1050, $2,090 - Gordon Wrubel/David Hall - Heritage, sold privately in 1996 - Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6639, $63,250 - John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3286, $109,250 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4628, $86,250 - Midsouthcoin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 

1 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #9171 (MS) 66 
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1050, $2,090 - Gordon Wrubel/David Hall - Heritage, sold privately in 1996 - Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6639, $63,250 - John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3286, $109,250 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4628, $86,250 - Midsouthcoin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#3 MS64+ PCGS grade
David Hall:

The Eliasberg gold coins were sold in October, 1982, in one of the most important auctions of all-time. In the Eliasberg catalog, the 1920 Philadelphia Saint was described as follows,

"1920 Select Brilliant Uncirculated. MS63."

I have a theory. Dave Bowers of course did the cataloging. And he graded every coin, as this was before the days of PCGS and certified grading. It was a monumental task and he did a phenominal job, as he always does. The grading was good throughout the catalog. The one exception is that for some reason a lot of the $20 Saint Gaudens were undergraded. I've never talked to him about it and I hope he doesn't mind me saying it, but maybe at the end of this super human task Dave got a little tired.

At the Eliasberg sale, the 1920 brought more than a MS63 was worth, but it sold for a bargain price for a Gem, $2090. I think it sold cheaply because the 1920, an underrated date now, at the time was a super sleeper that not a lot a people paid attention to. And with a sparse description and a catalog grade of "MS63," and being one of the last lots in one of numismatics most monumental sales, it probably wasn't even looked at by a lot of people. It's OK with me, as Gordon Wrubel and I did look at the coin and we bought it together. We sold it shortly thereafter and I can't remember for how much or to who. Not too long after that Steve Duckor ended up with it and it's been in his incredible Saint set every since.

David Akers (1975/88):

Th 1920 is not a praticularly difficult issue to obtain in the lowest Mint State grades, and there are certainly hundreds of examples kown at that level. In MS-63, the 1920 is still available with some regularity but it is definitely very scarce. Above MS-63, one literally runs into the proverbial "brick wall" when trying to find a 1920. Relatively few are known in MS-64 and, in MS-65, this issue is one of the major rarities of this series, virtually on par with the 1913. I have seen a few true gems (Eliasberg's was as nice as any), but it may well be that less than five such specimemns are known. I am unaware of any 1920 that has any legitimate claim to being better than MS-64 although, of course, it is always possible that one exists somewhere. Many people are currently trying to put together gem or near gem quality sets of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, and just about every one of them needs an MS-64 or better example of the 1920. This may well be the most underrated issue of the four 20th-century gold series in top grade.

The 1920 is nearly always very sharply struck. the surfaces are frosty but with a slightly "harder" texture than the earlier frosty issues. Lustre is typically only average for the series although on occasion an example is seen with above average lustre. Color is generally good but nothing great, most often a light to medium orange gold. Hairline obverse die breaks are quite common, particularly through the LIBERTY.