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PCGS 1910 PR 67. Like the smaller denominations of gold coins from 1910 the mintage for proof twenties is suspiciously large. It was recorded that 167 pieces were struck, but this number is just not meaningful when trying to determine the actual rarity of this date. Surely a large number must have been melted at a later date. When Breen wrote his opus on U.S. proofs in 1977 he was only able to locate 5 specimens in recent auctions. Four years later Akers recorded 17 appearances in auctions over the six decades he surveyed major gold sales. Bowers believed that only 10 to 15 pieces may have survived while Akers estimated that 20-25 pieces are extant. However, we estimate that survivors may actually number between 30 and 45 pieces.
Like the preceding 1909, this piece was also struck in the rare Roman Gold finish. This brighter proofing process was only used in these two years. It is rarely seen and many advanced numismatists have never seen an example of this semi-brilliant variant of matte proofing. The surfaces of this exquisite coin appear to us to be perfect. We cannot locate any bumps, bruises, or abrasions on either side. There are no mentionable mint-made defects either, and in fact, the only ripple in the fabric of this coin that could be used for pedigree purposes is a tiny alloy spot between the R and T in LIBERTY. The brightness of the fields at times verges on semi-prooflike and gives the viewer the a vague suggestion of what this design would have looked like if it had been struck in the more traditional mirror-like manner of striking proofs used in the 19th century.
Unbelievably this coin, for all its perfection of surfaces and superb eye appeal, is actually exceeded in grade by one other coin, an NGC Proof 68. (NGC ID# 26GX, PCGS# 9207)

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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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