1920-S $10 MS62 NGC....
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A Classic 20th Century Gold Rarity
Akers' recent Handbook of 20th Century United States Gold Coins 1907-1933 notes that even circulated examples in XF or AU are exceedingly rare, the preponderance of the issue most assuredly having been melted during the Gold Recall of 1933. According to Akers:
"The 1920-S is the rarest Indian Eagle in terms of total number of Mint State coins known. Most examples are fairly evenly spread throughout the MS-60 to MS-64 range."
The present MS62 example falls into the middle of that grade range, where NGC has certified six examples, with 12 pieces finer, less duplications. PCGS has graded eight coins in MS62, with 16 finer (9/09). Most specimens of the 1920-S show moderate strike softness, usually on the Indian's hair and the forepart of the eagle's right (facing) wing, right feathers, and talon. At first glance this coin appears considerably finer than the assigned grade, despite a few unbothersome ticks on Liberty's cheek and neck. It is probably more the typical strike softness as we describe here, rather than any other attribute that precludes an even finer grade. Even so, this coin manages to radiate that most ineffable quality, eye appeal, along with a considerable amount of numismatic grandeur.
From The Little Rock Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28H8, PCGS# 8881)
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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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