1909-S $20 MS66 Certification #30134662, PCGS #9153

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1909-S is a common issue in anything less than gem condition. Several rather large hoards of Uncirculated examples have been uncovered, including several thousand pieces in Central America in 1983. Gem quality coins are very scarce but certainly not rare, and I have seen quite a few that graded a full MS-65 over the years. There are also a few exceptional quality examples of this issue known that are distinctly better than MS-65. The MS-65+ to MS-67 Eliasberg coin comes first to mind, and I have seen others. Overall, I find this issue to be somewhat more elusive in high grade than any of the other early San Francisco Mint issues except the 1908-S and 1913-S.

Most 1909-S double eagles are very sharply struck and have "soft" frosty surfaces and some granularity. A few are rather satiny, but I have never seen one with the super satiny finish that is present on some specimens of the 1908-S. Lustre is good to very good but seldom really exceptional. Color, however, is a strong point with most specimens having very appealing greenish gold to light rose or orange color. Many specimens have distinctly "rounded" rims.
PCGS #
9153
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Weight
33.40 grams
Mintage
2774925
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
7248
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 71666 R-2.2 39 / 49 42 / 54
All Grades 23333 R-2.7 35 / 49 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 1000 R-5.0 33 / 49 36 / 54
65 or Better 71666
All Grades 23333
60 or Better 1000
65 or Better R-2.2
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better 39 / 49
All Grades 35 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 33 / 49
65 or Better 42 / 54
All Grades 38 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 36 / 54

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9153 (MS) 66

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4611, $34,500

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3398, $22,912.50 - "Fox" Collection

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	PCGS #9153 (MS) 66 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4611, $34,500

MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3398, $22,912.50 - "Fox" Collection