1911 $20 PR67 NGC....
Superb Gem Matte Proof
An unknown quantity of proof 1911 double eagles were distributed, but the total must have been small, based on the number of survivors seen today. Writing in 1977, Walter Breen estimated less than 20 examples were extant, while David Akers postulated a range of 20-25 specimens in 1982. In light of recent population data, a range of 40-50 coins recognizable as proofs seems more reasonable today.
The present coin is a spectacular specimen, with virtually perfect surfaces. Even under magnification, no contact marks or shiny spots are visible. Characteristic bright, sparkling facets of granularity are apparent, with several tiny, widely scattered darker brown specks that appear to be from the alloy. The strike is all one could ask for, with all the majestic design elements portrayed in full detail. The connoisseur cannot help but appreciate the refined beauty of this magnificent coin. Census: 12 in 67, 5 finer (6/09).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GY, PCGS# 9208)
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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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