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

1912 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
9160
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
149,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$86,250 • 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 17,666 R-2.8 28 / 49 TIE 30 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 9,000 R-3.2 27 / 49 TIE 29 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 82 R-8.1 27 / 49 27 / 54
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Jay Brahin Collection, sold privately - Dr. & Mrs. Steven Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4618, $86,250 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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 MS66+ PCGS grade

Jay Brahin Collection, sold privately - Dr. & Mrs. Steven Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4618, $86,250 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade

Simpson collection

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1912 is not quite as rare as the other 1909 to 1915 Philadelphia Mint issues (except for the "common" 1910) but it is still a very scarce issue, one that is especially difficult to find in high grade. Several small hoards were discovered in Europe in the late 1960s and early 1970s (the last I saw was a group of about 40 pieces that came from Basel, Switzerland in 1973), but nearly all of the coins from those small groups were moderately to heavily bagmarked. Gems are really very rare, almost on par with gems of the 1914, 1915 and 1908 With Motto issues. Dr. Steven Duckor has a beautiful MS-65+ specimen as does a prominent Eastern collector. There are a few others at that level but I do not recall ever seeing one that would grade a full MS-67.

The 1912 is always very sharply struck, the most sharply struck of any of the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1907 to 1915. The lustre is generally very good to excellent. The surfaces are usually frosty with an occasional specimen having a slightly satiny texture. Color is always very good and is usually a rich yellow gold, sometimes with a light rose or orange tint. Top grade examples of the 1912 have more "eye appeal" than any of the other early Philadelphia Mint issues except the 1915.