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

1929 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
9190
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
1,779,750
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$184,000 • PCGS MS66 • 9-1-2008 • 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 943 R-5.1 13 / 49 13 / 54
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 15 / 49 15 / 54
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 19 / 49 19 / 54
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bobn R. Simpson collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:30584 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4648, $106,375

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2009:2788, $115,000

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jacob Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3403, $138,000 - Heritage 9/2008:4508, $184,000 - Bella Collection

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

Bobn R. Simpson collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:30584 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4648, $106,375

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2009:2788, $115,000

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jacob Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3403, $138,000 - Heritage 9/2008:4508, $184,000 - Bella Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2009:1955

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): From this issue to the end of the series, every issue in the Saint-Gaudens series is a major rarity. The 1929 is the least rare of the group, but it is still very difficult to locate in every Mint State grade. There does not seem to be an appreciable difference in rarity from MS-60 to MS-63 since there are as many choice Mint State examples of this issue in existence as there are minimal Mint State ones. I have seen only a few really exceptional quality 1929 double eagles, coins that were definitely better than MS-65, but I know of at least two in prominent private collections that have strong claim to grading full MS-67. However, I have seen more super examples of the 1931 and 1932 than I have of the 1929, so it may come as a surprise to some that one is probably more likely to be able to find an MS-65+ or better 1931 or 1932 than a similar quality 1929.

The 1929 is nearly always very sharply struck. The typical specimen is fully frosty and has very good lustre and color. Most specimens are a medium to rich greenish gold or yellow gold color, sometimes with faint rose or orange overtones. Copper stains are often seen on this issue.