1926-S $20 MS66 PCGS....
Then in the 1950s, small quantities of 1926-S twenties began to turn up in Europe. Over the next 20 years the status of the '26-S plummeted from "unobtainable" to "very scarce." Today it is considered a medium rarity among the other mintmarked Saints from the mid-1920s. Almost all known 1926-S double eagles are in mint condition, but they are heavily concentrated in the MS62-64 grade range. At the Gem level, the '26-S retains much of its former glory with fewer than two dozen pieces known today and Gems regularly bring $20,000-25,000 when offered at public auction. The highest price paid (to date) for this date is the PCGS MS66 coin in the Thaine Price Collection (1998), a fabulous coin that brought an astonishing $77,000.
Again, as with the 1924-S and 1925-S, the 1926-S is often seen with die cracks, an indication that the dies were used long after they should have been retired. Die bulging is also sometimes seen around the rim, giving the peripheral stars a raised and connected appearance. The striking definition is usually quite strong, and a minority of survivors show the "beveled" rims from previous years. Mint luster varies from strongly frosted to satiny, and coloration is usually medium yellow-gold to green-gold. This particular coin shows many of those traits, including the beveled rim and occasional peripheral die cracks. However, die bulging is not noted. The mint luster is especially pronounced and frosted, with an intermingling of reddish-gold and lilac on each side. The striking details are strong throughout. This is one of the finest 1926-S twenties offered at auction in recent years. Population: 3 in 66, 0 finer (11/09).
From The Ralph P. Muller Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 26GF, PCGS# 9185)
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