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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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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