1920-S $20 AU58+ PCGS. CAC....
'The Closest Thing to Mint State'
Perhaps most intriguing about the present example is its grade, AU58+. Only a couple of tiny flat spots are visible on the obverse, most notably at the upper gown and raised knee, yet the luster of the apricot-gold fields is all but intact. In the past, an AU58 coin such as this would have traded as a "slider." Today, it is the closest thing to Mint State without the attendant price tag, a potential boon to collectors putting together an otherwise Mint State set of Saint-Gaudens twenties.
As mentioned above, the luster is nearly intact and has a subtle warmth. A narrow grease streak links the tops of the letters in LIBERTY, adding character as well as a distinctive pedigree marker. Lightly abraded, including a scrape just above the eagle's higher wing, with a typical strike for the date that includes softness on the Capitol building and to a lesser extent on other peripheral devices.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26FZ, PCGS# 9171)
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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.
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