Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Although the 1923 is widely considered to be a "common" date, it is really only deserving of that status in MS-63 or lower condition. In MS-64 condition, this issue is surprisingly difficult to locate and true gems are far more rare than all but the long time specialists in this series realize. Above the MS-65 level, the 1923 is a major rarity and I do not recall ever seeing one that I would grade a full MS-67. Other specialists have reported seeing a very few such specimens, however.

The 1923 is generally very well struck, although many, if not most, specimens are a little weak on the Capitol building and the stars beneath it. The rim is usually sharp and square, often with a partial wire edge. All specimens are fully frosty. The color is typically a light to medium orange or coppery gold. Some examples show evidence of "mounding" or die bulging beneath the topmost stars.



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

65 or Better 152500 R-1.9 42 / 49 TIE 46 / 54 TIE
All Grades 118333 R-1.9 43 / 49 TIE 47 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 2250 R-4.5 36 / 49 TIE 39 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

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

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3291, $37,375 - A & A Saints Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '84” 7/1984:994 - David Akers - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Phillip H. Morse Saint-Gaudens Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6653, $48,875 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection (repurchased in 2007) - Heritage 1/2012:4633, $40,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade