1908 $20 Motto PR66 NGC....
Important First-Year Proof Example
A total of 101 matte proofs were reportedly made of the 1908-dated twenty dollar issue, although a few pieces are also certified with a satin or Roman finish; clearly, this was a time of Mint experimentation with the various textures known on several denominations, including both the new Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt designs.
Although NGC has recorded 24 submissions of the matte proof 1908 at the PR66 grade level (including one Plus coin) with 12 finer, it is likely that both figures represent numerous duplications (9/13). PCGS has certified three matte proof 1908 Motto twenties in PR66, with two in PR67 finer.
Coupled with the large, impressive twenty dollar denomination and in splendid technical and aesthetic condition, this Premium Gem first-year-of-type proof coin should prove to be a rare prize for some lucky bidder. The surfaces appear free of any contact, although a couple of rim irregularities show at the upper-left reverse. They appear to be of Mint origin, as the matte texture covers them. Consistent honey-gold color emanates from each side, save for a suggestion of deeper brownish-gold at the lower obverse, below the date. This lovely coin should see healthy bidding at auction, as the strong collector demand for proof gold in higher grades certainly shows no sign of abating.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9205)
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