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Coveted Near-Mint 1920-S Double Eagle

1920-S $20 AU58 PCGS. Unlike a number of earlier S-mint double eagle issues, the 1920-S did not feature prominently in international commerce. With the American economy in recession and European banking scarcely on the mend from the Great War, there was little demand for the pieces, either at home or abroad. Garrett and Guth (2006) hail the issue as "one of the most significant rarities" among Saint-Gaudens double eagles, adding that "the few that remain are apparently simply here by chance."
The AU58 piece offered here is one of the fortunate survivors. The devices are well struck overall, though Liberty's toes and the rock show a degree of softness, a typical aspect for the issue. The lustrous, lightly abraded surfaces are sun-gold with elements of wheat in the fields. Overall, the visual appeal is strong, and only a touch of friction on the highpoints keeps this desirable piece from a Mint State designation. Population: 16 in 58, 48 finer (11/07).
From The Chicago Collection of Saints.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26FZ, PCGS# 9171)

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January, 2008
9th-12th
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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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