1915 $20 PR65 NGC....
Final Year With Sandblast Finish, Series Key
High grade examples of the 1915 proof twenty are especially challenging. Most survivors show some tiny blemishes that prevent a grade higher than PR65. PCGS has graded no 1915 proofs higher than PR65. NGC has certified 10 finer, nine as PR66 and a single PR67. This is unlike previous years where high-grade survivors are relatively plentiful, with "relatively plentiful" defined as between 3 and 12 PR67 coins graded with the occasional PR68. There is no reason we know of for the lack of high-grade examples of this issue.
This example has the expected larger-grain matte finish. The color is pale greenish-yellow. The flaws are limited to a couple of shallow contact marks on the bent knee of Liberty -- so shallow that the sandblast surface was undisturbed -- and there is none of the shininess often seen when contact marks appear on matte proofs. There are several interesting brownish alloy spots around the rims. This is a trait we have noticed on other 1915 proof Saints. On this piece, the most noticeable ones and the ones that could be used for pedigree purposes, are on the reverse rim at 4 and 7 o'clock with another small one at the bottom of the N of IN. It is only at a major auction such as this one that such a prime rarity will be available.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)
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