Like the preceding 1909, and virtually its twin, 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 be perfect. There are no overt hairlines or signs of contact. This is in keeping with Ed Trompeter's almost driven need to acquire only the finest specimen possible. Broad, square rims encircle each side with a low wire rim attesting to the coin's bold striking definition. Population: 1 in 65, 9 are finer (7/98). (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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