1910-S $20 MS66+ Certification #06666155, PCGS #9156

Expert Comments

David Hall

The miracle MS68 appeared in around 1984 or so. I was at the Long Beach coin show and San Francisco dealer Tony Calcagno brought the coin to my table. He showed me the coin and quoted me what was then the totally outrageous price of $5,000. This was three or four times the wholesale price for a Gem. But this was the most perfect Saint Gaudens I had ever seen, so I paid the five grand. I had no idea what to do with the coin so my partner Van Simmons sold it to a client for $5,500. Then along came PCGS in 1986 and the focus on ultra high grade coins became intense. In 1987 or 1988, we called the client and offered him a huge profit and then sold the coin to Kansas City dealer Joe Flynn for $50,000. Joe sold the coin almost immediately, but I don't know to who and I don't know where this miracle coin resides today. But as far as I know this coin has been off the market for well over two decades.


David Akers (1975/88)

The 1910-S is a common issue in any grade below gem Uncirculated (MS-65). There have been several hoards of this issue discovered over the years including one of several thousand Mint State examples found in 1983 in Central America. Gems are very scarce but are seen considerably more often than those dated 1909-S. Some nearly perfect examples of this issue are known, perhaps the finest being a specimen graded MS-68 by PCGS that I sold to a prominent Eastern collector. The Eliasberg specimen that was sold in 1982 was also an exceptional piece that many would grade MS-67.

The 1910-S most often has a very satiny texture to the surface although I have also seen many specimens that are frosty with just a hint of granularity. Lustre, particularly on the satiny ones (and thus on most known specimens), is generally very good to excellent, far superior to almost any 1911-S or 1909-S. The strike is always sharp and the rims are quite round on many examples. Color is invariably very good, typically a light to medium orange or coppery gold. Top grade examples of this issue are exceptionally attractive.


34.00 millimeters
Augustus Saint Gaudens
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 35000 R-2.6 33 / 49 TIE 36 / 54 TIE
All Grades 15333 R-2.8 32 / 49 TIE 34 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 725 R-5.5 32 / 49 34 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade Tony Calcagno- Hall/Simmons-private collector-Hall/Simmons-Joe Flynn-Akers
2 MS67 PCGS grade

John M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint in 1910 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:1036, $5,500 - “Auction '88” 7/1988:989 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:85 - Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6585, $51,750 - Empire Collection - Heritage 1/2015:4427, $88,125

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9156 (MS) 66+

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4614, $29,900 - "Bella" Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)