1912 $20 PR67 NGC....
Not every European concept found a warm welcome in the United States. The dulled, dark finish of the sandblast proof, however en vogue it might have been in Europe, was a shocking change from the brilliant proofs to which American numismatists were accustomed, and when the gold sandblast proofs of 1908 reached numismatists, complaints followed. After two years of the distinctive, brighter "Roman Gold" finish failed to quell its customers' criticism, the Mint returned to the sandblast finish in 1911. Predictably, demand plummeted, and production fell from 167 proofs in 1910 to 100 pieces in 1911. For the next year, 1912, the Mint released just 74 pieces.
The exquisitely preserved double eagle offered here makes tangible all of the strengths and perceived weaknesses of the sandblast proofs of 1912. Both sides display bold detail, which is particularly evident on Liberty's toes and the veins of the eagle's feathers. The delicately faceted, undisturbed surfaces display even khaki-gold coloration with only two small points of slightly deeper color, one in the left obverse field and one near 3 o'clock on the reverse rim. A spectacular survivor, one that ranks alongside the Trompeter, Morse, and Loewinger specimens, all Superb Gems. NGC has certified a lone piece graded PR68 , while PCGS has graded no coins above PR66 (5/07).(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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