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

1926 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
9183
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
816,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$39,950 • PCGS MS67 • 1-6-2016 • 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 149,166 R-1.9 42 / 49 TIE 46 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 128,333 R-1.9 43 / 49 TIE 47 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 20,000 R-2.8 45 / 49 49 / 54
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1 MS67 PCGS grade

Simpson collection

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

Simpson collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
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.