Select 1926-D Saint-Gaudens Twenty
1926-D $20 MS63 PCGS. This is a lower-mintage issue with
just 481,000 pieces struck. Most examples of this date were melted,
with few remaining survivors. Certainly a few reached circulation,
but most that were released found immediate storage in bank vaults.
The typical 1926-D Saint that reaches the market today is in Mint
State, but at the lowest levels, either MS60 or MS61. This remains
as one of the most underrated of all Saint-Gaudens double
Scarce, Underrated Issue
Considering the assigned grade of this coin, it is hard to imagine a more attractive example. The surfaces have frosty luster, with rich antique-gold coloration at the borders on each side. It is a sharply struck example with nearly every detail boldly evident, except for the peripheral details at the bottom obverse. The dome of the Capitol, for example, is ill-defined. Despite this weakness in design, the overall aesthetic appeal and technical appearance are unaffected. There are only a few small marks in the obverse fields--convenient pedigree markers, should the collector consider it desirable to learn the ownership history. Like the 1925-S, to which it compares favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1926-D is one of the most underrated Saint-Gaudens double eagles at the finer levels of Uncirculated. Population: 58 in 63, 22 finer (6/10).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GE, PCGS# 9184)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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