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United States $20 St. Gaudens
Grade: Mint State 65
Actual Gold Content: .9675 troy ounce
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MS65 $20 St. Gaudens are an attractive gold investment for those seeking exposure to both the gold price itself, as well as additional upside potential through the possibility of premium expansion. Price performance for the MS65 $20 St. Gaudens is most closely mirrored by the MS64 $20 Liberty. According to PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Company), MS65 $20 St. Gaudens have a known population of slightly less than 150,000 coins. By comparison, just over 60,000 $20 Liberty gold coins (Type III) exist in MS64.
The following graph displays a twenty year price performance history for the MS65 $20 St. Gaudens gold coins, along with the gold price.
MS65 $20 Saint Gaudens, like their counterparts, are near cycle lows in terms of their premiums to underlying gold value. Their highest rarity levels were achieved in the 1980's and shouldn't be necessarily expected to repeat. The graph below shows the twenty-year premium performance for the MS65 $20 St. Gaudens relative to its underlying gold content value. The premium as listed on the y (vertical)-axis should be read as a multiplier of the gold price. In other words, a coin premium of 2 is equal to double the gold price, and a coin premium of 4 is equal to 4 times the gold price. In recent years, premiums on the MS65 $20 St. Gaudens have begun to form what may be a bottoming pattern, as seen below. Cycle lows have shown premiums as low as 1.40 (40%) over gold, while recent highs in 2009 saw premiums at 2.8x gold.