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.

 

 

Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Mintage
566000
Weight
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
26697
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
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