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1910 $20

1998 September Long Beach Sale #192

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 25, 1998
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Flashy 1910 Proof Twenty Dollar, PR 65
1910 PR 65 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. Like the smaller denominations of gold coins from 1910 the mintage for proof twenties is suspiciously large. It was recorded that 167 pieces were struck, but this number is just not meaningful when trying to determine the actual rarity of this issue. Surely a large number must have been melted at a later date. When Breen wrote his opus on U.S. proofs in 1977 he was only able to locate 5 specimens in recent auctions. Four years later Akers recorded 17 appearances in auctions over the six decades he surveyed major gold sales. Bowers believed that only 10 to 15 pieces may have survived while Akers estimated that 20-25 pieces are extant. However, we estimate that survivors may actually number between 30 and 45 pieces.
Like the preceding 1909, and virtually its twin, this piece was also struck in the rare Roman Gold finish. This brighter proofing process was only used in these two years. It is rarely seen and many advanced numismatists have never seen an example of this semi-brilliant variant of matte proofing. The surfaces of this exquisite coin appear to be perfect. There are no overt hairlines or signs of contact. This is in keeping with Ed Trompeter's almost driven need to acquire only the finest specimen possible. Broad, square rims encircle each side with a low wire rim attesting to the coin's bold striking definition. Population: 1 in 65, 9 are finer (7/98). (NGC ID# 26GX, PCGS# 9207)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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