1910 $20 PR64 NGC....
The proof gold mintages of 1910 in particular -- and especially for the quarter eagle and eagle -- seem out of alignment when compared with relative rarities today. Breen guesses in his Proof Encyclopedia that no more than 167 double eagles were made, but he adds the issue is "far more rarely offered at auction than one would expect with this mintage."
A trip through our Permanent Auction Archives reveals that it has been more than two years since we offered a Gem-or-finer example of the 1910 double eagle, with many such more than a half-decade ago -- and this despite the existence of specimens certified up to the PR68 level (two at NGC). Much of the high-grade proof gold seems to be going into strong hands, often to reappear only many years later.
A single horizontal hairline in the left obverse field limits the grade of this near-Gem proof. Both sides have bright reddish-orange surfaces with the Roman gold finish and satin luster. Tiny dark blue spots on and between rays over the right side of the N of IN are the only provenance markers on either side of this amazing coin.
From The B & D Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GX, PCGS# 9207)
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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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