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1915 $20 PR65 NGC. In this final year of production of the matte proofing process, only 50 proof Double Eagles were struck....

2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 13, 2005
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Location: Dallas, TX
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Sharply Struck 1915 Double Eagle, PR65 NGC
1915 $20 PR65 NGC. In this final year of production of the matte proofing process, only 50 proof Double Eagles were struck. The 1915 has long been held in high regard by specialists and it may well be the rarest issue among the eight years proofs were coined. Breen estimated that possibly fewer than 12 proofs survive while Akers placed the number extant between 20 and 25 coins. We tend to agree with this higher figure and would place the upper-end estimate at no more than 30 pieces. Presently, 42 coins have been certified by both major grading services; however, quite a few of these are likely resubmissions.
The surfaces of this Gem coin have a rich greenish-khaki color and show a coarse-grain finish. There are a few tiny distinctive marks on each side that could serve as identifiers for pedigree purposes. On the obverse, a thin, diagonal mark is seen on Liberty's right (facing) knee. On the reverse, there are a couple of almost hidden marks within the eagle's wing feathers, and a microscopic abrasion near the top of the sun. How many years will pass until another opportunity will present itself to purchase a coin of comparable quality?
From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage, Part Two.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)

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