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|Auction Ended On:||Jul 29, 1994|
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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 there are minute shiny spots on the breasts of Liberty as well as her kneecap. On the reverse there is a tiny shiny spot on the highpoint of the eagle's breast and a mark that is barely perceptible to the unaided eye above the eagle's claw.
This is the only Proof 65 certified by either of the major services, and it stands not only as the finest certified example known, but also may well be the finest 1915 proof known, whether certified or not. Simply astonishing quality and a fitting end to the Beverly Hills collection of matte proof gold. It has been ten years since a complete set of matte proof gold has been sold and we have to wonder, after this final piece is gavelled, how many more years will pass until another opportunity will present itself to purchase coins of comparable quality? (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)
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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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