All proof twenties struck this year were of the Roman Gold variant of the matte proofing process. As such, the coin has an exceptionally bright appearance for a matte proof. The surfaces have a pleasing rich yellow-gold color. When closely examined one notices a few small blemishes here and there, but they are scarcely noticeable to the unaided eye because of the overall brightness of the Roman Gold finish. As has been stated in the write-ups for the smaller denominations of this year, 1909 gold proof sets were quite rare even at the time of issue as it took four years for Henry Chapman to acquire a set for famous collector Robert Garrett.
According to the most recent population data (December '95), this coin is tied with five others of this date as PR 64s, and is exceeded in condition by two NGC Proof 65s and an NGC Proof 68. PCGS has certified 4 in PR 64, 1 PR 65, and 1 PR 66. (NGC ID# 26GW, PCGS# 9206)
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