The 1930-S Double Eagle

Posted on August 6, 2012 by


Ex – Pittman? – Dr. Thaine Price Collection – Akers 5/1998 – Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage – Heritage 12/2005:2080, $253,000 – Kutasi Collection – Heritage 1/2007:3307, $230,000

The 1930-S Double Eagle remains the rarest of the 1929 and later Saints. Here’s a comparative chart of the number of each date certified by PCGS as of August 2012:

1929 – 185 graded
1930-S – 45 graded
1931 – 76 graded
1931-D – 92 graded
1932 – 74 graded

Of all the regular issue Double Eagles from 1907 to 1932, the only date with a lower population than the 1930-S is the ultra-rare 1927-D.

Of the examples certified by PCGS, all but two are Mint State (curiously, the PCGS Population Reports shows a PCGS AG3 example!). The typical Mint State grade for this date is MS65. A few examples have been discovered in Europe, but the overall high quality indicates that the known examples were saved and preserved carefully by collectors.

The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census contains nothing lower than a MS65 and, at the top end, several MS66 examples rank as the finest known for the date.

Several different dies appear to have been used on the known examples. One artifact not listed by Akers is a raised die chip on the middle, upper edge of the eagle’s top wing that appears on at least one of the known examples. All of Aker’s other comments from 1975 and 1988 about this date remain relevant today.

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