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Key 1920-S Indian Eagle With an Impressive Pedigree

1920-S $10 MS63 ANACS. Ex: Trompeter. The 1920-S is rarer than both the 1930-S and the 1933 in grades above the MS62 level of preservation. The '20-S is among the premier rarities in the entire U.S. gold coin series. Although 126,500 pieces were produced, the majority were never released into general circulation. Most survivors, therefore, are Mint State examples that were obtained directly from either the Mint or banks. There are, nonetheless, a few circulated coins known to NGC and PCGS, and Breen (1988) tells of a limited number of Uncirculated coins that emerged in Europe after 1980, as well as another small group that was found in upper New York State. Needless to say, the population of surviving 1920-S Eagles is still nowhere near large enough to satisfy collector demand, and it is always an important numismatic event when a specimen appears at auction.
This impressive Eagle exhibits a satiny finish with surfaces that are smooth enough to evoke thoughts of a significantly higher grade. The striking definition is also noteworthy, being uncommonly sharp over Liberty's hair curls on the obverse and the eagle's shoulder feathers on the reverse. The color is a soft golden-rose shade, and somewhat muted luster is all that seems to keep this coin at the MS63 grade level. An important coin that will certainly find its way into a specialized collection.
Ex: T. L. Comparette of the United States Mint (2/1921, at face value); John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; United States Gold Coin Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 869; Ed Trompeter; Ed Trompeter Collection (Superior, 2/1992), lot 205. (NGC ID# 28H8, PCGS# 8881)

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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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