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

1911-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
9159
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
775,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$80,500 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2007 • 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 38,333 R-2.6 33 / 49 TIE 36 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 19,000 R-2.8 32 / 49 TIE 34 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 1,350 R-4.8 35 / 49 38 / 54
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3275, $80,500

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3275, $80,500

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1911-S is very comparable in overall rarity and condition rarity to the 1910-S. Below the gem (MS-65) level it is a decidedly common issue, and literally thousands of Mint State examples exist. In 1983, a hoard of several thousand examples of this issue was uncovered in Central America and many were of relatively high quality. The hoard also contained a number of gems. I have seen just a few pieces better than MS-65, none of which had anything close to the "eye appeal" of the best examples of 1908-S, 1910-S or even 1909-S.

The 1911-S is nearly always very sharply struck and the surfaces are finely granular and frosty. (I don't recall ever seeing a satiny one like the usual 1910-S.) Lustre is generally only average at best and often below average for the series. In fact, one is not likely to find a 1911-S with the lustre of the average 1910-S. Color is almost always very good; a light to medium orange gold color is standard.