1912 $20 PR66 NGC. A mere 74 proofs were struck of the 1912 double eagle. While this number is 25% lower than the previous ...
The proof 1912 is generally found with a darker appearance. Not as dark as the 1908, and similar to the 1911. However, the contrast between the 1911 and 1912 in this auction is striking. The 1911 has unusually light yellow-gold coloration, while this piece has the usual "mustard" coloration. Again, like the 1911, the surfaces display a fine granularity over each side and, of course, the striking details are completely brought up as only seen on proof examples of the Saint-Gaudens design.
Technical flaws are virtually non-existent on this magnificent proof. A couple of shiny spots are noted on the obverse, one on Liberty's knee and another on the nose and forehead. A tiny planchet void is also barely noticeable on the upper left (facing) thigh of Liberty. The reverse appears to be flawless. All in all, this is a very impressive example of this rarely offered proof twenty.
From The Alexander Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GZ, PCGS# 9209)
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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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