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1913 Matte Proof Twenty, PR66
Only 58 Pieces Minted

1913 $20 PR66 NGC. Matte proof twenties from 1913 present a curious paradox. The mintage of 58 pieces is second lowest in the series, second only to the 1915 (50 pieces), yet a higher percentage of the mintage seems to have been preserved than other years. One could conclude from this that fewer collectors were interested in matte proof gold coins, but the ones who were interested tended to value and save the coins that were produced. Perhaps 35-40 individual coins survive today from this low-mintage year.
The matte proofing process seems to have varied not only from year to year, but from batch to batch within the year they were struck. The finish seen on 1913 proof twenties is generally a coarser-grain texture, more akin to the 1908 than the previous, fine-grain finish seen in 1912. These pieces (when they are rarely available for examination) also tend to have a darker color than previous years, again more like the initial year of 1908.
This piece shows the deeper color and coarser-grain texture one would expect for a 1913. Close examination with a loupe reveals a couple of interesting surface observations. In the right obverse field there is a very light sprinkling of copper alloy spots that are invisible to the unaided eye. There is also a minute planchet flaw below Liberty's branch hand that appears to have a tiny blue thread attached to it, perhaps from the cloth used to wipe the dies. We see no mentionable contact marks or shiny spots on either side of this magnificent proof. Matte proof gold is so rarely offered today that any high-grade example such as this one should be carefully considered by the advanced collector.
From The Henry Miller Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26H2, PCGS# 9210)

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