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

1926-S $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
9185
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
2,041,500
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$92,000 • 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 1,758 R-4.6 17 / 49 17 / 54
60 or Better 1,333 R-4.8 18 / 49 18 / 54
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 22 / 49 TIE 22 / 54 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery 1/1946:1029, $1,100 - Dr. Charles W. Green Collection - B. Max Mehl 4/1949:881, $1,525 - Amon Carter Collection - Stack’s 1/1984:1073 - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4643, $92,000 - Puifox Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

A & A Saints Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Ralph P. Muller Collection - Heritage 1/2010:2330, $69,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Saint-Gaudens Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6689, $86,250 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:113, $77,000

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

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery 1/1946:1029, $1,100 - Dr. Charles W. Green Collection - B. Max Mehl 4/1949:881, $1,525 - Amon Carter Collection - Stack’s 1/1984:1073 - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4643, $92,000 - Puifox Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

A & A Saints Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Ralph P. Muller Collection - Heritage 1/2010:2330, $69,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Phillip H. Morse Saint-Gaudens Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6689, $86,250 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:113, $77,000

2 MS66 estimated grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1926-S is the most common of all the mintmarked issues from 1924 to 1927, especially so in the highest Mint State grades. I have seen a half dozen or more examples that were distinctly better than MS-65, including two virtually perfect (MS-67 or better) specimens now in well-known private collections. It is an interesting historical footnote to point out that at one time the 1926-S was considered the third rarest collectible Saint-Gaudens double eagle after the 1924-S and 1926-D. It was held in much greater regard than the 1920-S or 1921 and was even considered to be more rare than the 1927-D. However, in the 1950s and 1960s several small hoards of Mint State pieces were discovered in Europe, reducing the issue to its current "Very Scarce" (but not rare) status.

The 1926-S is almost always well struck, and comparatively few examples have the beveled or distinctly rounded rims that are so often seen on the other San Francisco Mint issues of this decade. Die bulging near the rim, making the obverse stars seem raised and connected, is quite common on this issue. Obverse die cracks are also commonplace. Most examples are fully frosty or slightly satiny, and the lustre and color are generally very good to excellent, the typical color being a medium to rich yellow or greenish gold.