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Roman Gold Proof

1914 PR 63. Only 70 proof double eagles were minted in 1914, and probably even fewer were distributed, this being the sunset era of matte proof coinage. As with previous years the estimate of the the number of survivors has varied considerably from a low of 10-15 pieces to 20-25 coins (Akers) with Akers having tracked 14 proofs in major gold auctions over the decades. We believe that somewhere between 20 and 33 examples exist today in all grades.
Breen states that 1914 proofs have a "coarse sandblast finish," and indeed the surfaces do appear to have slightly larger granules than does the NGC Proof 66 1913, or it may just seem so because of the pronounced difference in color between the two coins. This piece exhibits light hairlining across the surface, and while not patently obvious, the effect is just enough to account for the grade. (NGC ID# 26H3, PCGS# 9211)

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