With the 1911 issue, the Mint continued the matte proofing process which began in 1908. This piece shows thousands of tiny sparkling facets under magnification and the basic mustard color is overlaid by a thin veneer of olive-green. The surfaces are flawless. This is a true museum-quality piece that appears totally without blemish. We could find no trace of contact on either side, there are no shiny spots, we could not even find a lamination in the planchet. The only thing we see that could be used as a pedigree identifier is a tiny alloy spot in the field just left of the lower portion of the branch on the obverse.
This extraordinary piece of matte proof gold is tied with only 8 other coins according to the July census data with 2 finer. (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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