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1912 $20

1998 September Long Beach Sale #192

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 25, 1998
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Superb PR 67 1912 Proof Twenty--Tied For Finest Known
1912 PR 67 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. Only 74 proof twenties were struck in 1912, and this date is roughly comparable in rarity to the 1911 and the other dates of the series (except for the 1908 which is the most "common"). Earlier estimates of the number of survivors have ranged between 10-15 pieces to as many as 20-25 specimens. Like the 1911, we believe that the actual number of proofs in all grades to be somewhere between 25 and 35 coins.
The finish of this piece is also similar to the 1911 above. It differs, however, by being several shades lighter in hue. Again, magnification shows myriad tiny sparkling facets from the sandblast surfaces. The surfaces are essentially perfect with the only vaguely noticeable ripple in the surface being a faint freckling of alloy spots in the leftmost rays on the reverse and a small spot above the end of the eagle's tail feathers. These are trifling, though, and do not disrupt the overall impression of near-perfection that this coin projects.
Tied for finest certified honors with 3 other pieces as certified by the combined staffs of both services (7/98). Breathtaking eye appeal in this very rare gold proof. (NGC ID# 26GZ, PCGS# 9209)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
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