1926-D $20 MS (PCGS# 9184)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4614
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The original mintage of 481,000 pieces was generally melted away in the coming decade, leaving perhaps 250 to 500 or so today across the grading scale, the vast majority of those known are in mint condition -- or nearly so as the survivors came from outside sources or were saved from the time of issue and not generally taken from circulation. The strike is sharp on all the devices and the surfaces show only minor nicks from bag handling. Handsome orange-gold color with strong luster on both sides. As expected the Capitol dome is a tad soft, this feature is the norm for this date and mint. Of the 54 various date and mint issues that comprise the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, the 1926-D ranks high as the tenth rarest of them all, a notch behind the 1927-S, but ahead in rarity of the 1924 and 1925 Denver and San Francisco double eagles. As such, this rarity would be a wise choice for someone building a Mint State collection of these impressive coins.