Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1926 is one of the most common issues of the Saint-Gaudens series, but it is still a distinct step higher in overall population rarity and condition rarity than such truly common issues as the 1924, 1927 and 1928 with which it is generally, but incorrectly, associated. Contrary to what some other experts have written, the 1926 is also significantly more rare than the 1925, especially in gem condition. A few superb (MS-67 or better) examples do exist but they are extremely rare.

The 1926 is always very sharply struck with full frosty surfaces and very good to excellent lustre. Color varies, but rich yellow orange gold or greenish gold are predominant. Many specimens have orange or rose-colored highlights and it is not unusual to see copper spots or stains. Top grade examples of this issue, like all the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1924 to 1932, are highly attractive, and it is obvious that all of these late issues were minted to a very high standard.
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Mintage
816750
Weight
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
25231
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 149166 R-1.9 42 / 49 TIE 46 / 54 TIE
All Grades 128333 R-1.9 43 / 49 TIE 47 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 20000 R-2.8 45 / 49 49 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #9183 (MS)     67

Simpson collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade