1909 $20 PR66 NGC....
Two-Year Proofing Method
Very Rare and Popular With Collectors Today
A mere 67 pieces were struck using this proofing process, one that lasted only two years. We believe only 30 to 40 individual twenties of this date are known today in all grades. Both services have certified a total of 57 coins in all grades from PR62 to PR68. A small cluster of submission events is seen at the NGC PR66 level with eight pieces certified.
One can easily see why these coins were called bright proofs or yellow proofs. This piece is both bright and yellow. The fields show very fine granularity when examined closely with a loupe. There are no obvious defects we can point to as a ready pedigree identifier. While this bright finish proof was unpopular when struck, it has become one of the most desirable of all 20th century coins for modern collectors.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GW, PCGS# 9206)
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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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