1912 $20 PR67 NGC....
The finish of this piece shows nearly monochromatic mustard coloration over both sides, though close inspection reveals occasional hints of olive-gold. Magnification shows myriad tiny sparkling facets from the sandblast surfaces. This sparkle gives the coin a "life" and sheen that serves as a perfect counterbalance to the otherwise deep coloration on the piece.
The surfaces, though not absolutely perfect, are more than adequate for the assigned Superb Gem grade. There are small (almost microscopic) contact marks evident in the fields on each side and a couple of shiny spots show on the upper torso of Liberty and also her knee. Also, as a future identifier, a tiny black spot is seen just above the capitol's dome. These are all trifling objections, though, and do not disrupt the overall impression of the Superb Gem quality that this coin projects. They do, however, serve as an explanation for the grade and inform the viewer why the coin "only" grades PR67. A remarkable and exquisite matte proof, tied for numerically finest in NGC's Census Report (6/10).
Ex: Heritage (8/2004), lot 7819.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GZ, PCGS# 9209)
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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins.
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