1907 $20 Saint MS66+ Certification #06666143, PCGS #9141

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Being the first year of issue, the 1907 was widely saved as a souvenir or novelty and therefore many exist in very choice or even gem Mint State. There are also some pieces known that are truly superb, if not close to perfection. Below MS-65, this issue is really no problem to locate and gems, although scarce, can generally be found with only a little effort.

After Charles Barber made his "technical improvements" on Saint-Gaudens' original design, the relief was "flattened" significantly giving this issue (and the other No Motto issues as well) the appearance of being weakly struck, especially on Miss Liberty. Actually, the strike is generally quite sharp; it is just that the dies lacked the proper detail. Lustre on this issue is usually good but is slightly subdued (as on most of the early issues) in comparison to the later (after 1920) issues. The surfaces are the 'soft" frosty type seen on most early Saint-Gaudens pieces, particularly the Philadelphia Mint issues. Color varies greatly on this issue from a greenish gold to medium orange. Some rose gold and even coppery gold examples also exist.
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Mintage
361667
Weight
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
19
Pop Lower
17662
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 90833 R-2.0 2 / 3 45 / 54
All Grades 55833 R-2.4 2 / 3 44 / 54
60 or Better 6000 R-3.8 2 / 3 44 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Fox Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9141 (MS) 67

Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:90, $42,594 - Heritage 4/2016:4846, $44,650

3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2006:2757, $42,550

3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3260, $37,375