1920-S $20 MS62 NGC....
Fifth Rarest Collectible Issue of the Series
Thus, the 1920-S issue marks not only a return, but also a beginning, the beginning of a series of challenging issues, some rare only in high grades but many rare in virtually all grades. The 1920-S straddles the line between the two; it is only a borderline condition rarity at the MS62 level and above, yet there is not a large pool of survivors in the grades below, either. David Akers believes 65-75 examples survive today in all Uncirculated grades.
Garrett and Guth declare that "Many [1920-S twenties] show minor striking weakness on the lower portion of the obverse ..." and also, "Luster is average for this date." Though Liberty's toes show a degree of striking softness, this example's pale yellow-gold luster rates as decidedly above-average. The coin comes by its MS62 grade honestly, with a number of light field abrasions and a small cut on the top of the eagle's near wing, but the visual appeal is strong for a piece not rewarded with a Select designation. An intriguing candidate for the series enthusiast. Census: 18 in 62, 27 finer (12/10).
Ex: Fort Worth Signature Auction (Heritage, 3/2010), lot 2805.(Registry values: N7079) (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.
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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