1912 $20 MS66+ Certification #29586230, PCGS #9160

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1912 is not quite as rare as the other 1909 to 1915 Philadelphia Mint issues (except for the "common" 1910) but it is still a very scarce issue, one that is especially difficult to find in high grade. Several small hoards were discovered in Europe in the late 1960s and early 1970s (the last I saw was a group of about 40 pieces that came from Basel, Switzerland in 1973), but nearly all of the coins from those small groups were moderately to heavily bagmarked. Gems are really very rare, almost on par with gems of the 1914, 1915 and 1908 With Motto issues. Dr. Steven Duckor has a beautiful MS-65+ specimen as does a prominent Eastern collector. There are a few others at that level but I do not recall ever seeing one that would grade a full MS-67.

The 1912 is always very sharply struck, the most sharply struck of any of the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1907 to 1915. The lustre is generally very good to excellent. The surfaces are usually frosty with an occasional specimen having a slightly satiny texture. Color is always very good and is usually a rich yellow gold, sometimes with a light rose or orange tint. Top grade examples of the 1912 have more "eye appeal" than any of the other early Philadelphia Mint issues except the 1915.
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Mintage
149750
Weight
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
4029
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 17666 R-2.8 28 / 49 TIE 30 / 54 TIE
All Grades 9000 R-3.2 27 / 49 TIE 29 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 82 R-8.1 27 / 49 27 / 54

Condition Census

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

Jay Brahin Collection, sold privately - Dr. & Mrs. Steven Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4618, $86,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

John Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3276, $48,875 - Heritage 1/2008:3374, $51,750 - A & A Saints Collection - Bella Collection