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SERIES: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1909-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
9153
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
2,774,925
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$34,500 • PCGS MS66 • 1-3-2012 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 71,666 R-2.2 39 / 49 42 / 54
60 or Better 23,333 R-2.7 35 / 49 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 33 / 49 36 / 54
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4611, $34,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4611, $34,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1909-S is a common issue in anything less than gem condition. Several rather large hoards of Uncirculated examples have been uncovered, including several thousand pieces in Central America in 1983. Gem quality coins are very scarce but certainly not rare, and I have seen quite a few that graded a full MS-65 over the years. There are also a few exceptional quality examples of this issue known that are distinctly better than MS-65. The MS-65+ to MS-67 Eliasberg coin comes first to mind, and I have seen others. Overall, I find this issue to be somewhat more elusive in high grade than any of the other early San Francisco Mint issues except the 1908-S and 1913-S.

Most 1909-S double eagles are very sharply struck and have "soft" frosty surfaces and some granularity. A few are rather satiny, but I have never seen one with the super satiny finish that is present on some specimens of the 1908-S. Lustre is good to very good but seldom really exceptional. Color, however, is a strong point with most specimens having very appealing greenish gold to light rose or orange color. Many specimens have distinctly "rounded" rims.