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1920-S $20 MS63 NGC. In Mint State grades, the 1920-S is ...

2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336

 
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Rare Select Uncirculated 1920-S Double Eagle
1920-S $20 MS63 NGC. In Mint State grades, the 1920-S is more difficult to locate than the prized 1907 Extremely High Relief, 1927-D, 1931-D, and 1930-S issues, and ranks as one of the premier rarities in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. Although Walter Breen's estimate (1988) that 8-12 examples survive has probably been rendered irrelevant by the emergence of coins from European banks. NGC and PCGS, combined, report only 21 specimens in MS 63 with 19 finer (11/03). The lightly marked surfaces of this Select example show competing swirls of yellow-gold and rose-gold coloration over powerfully struck features. The mint-made "indentation" on the reverse rim above the eagle's beak is a diagnostic feature of the issue. A deservedly rare double eagle and a lot that should see spirited bidding from 20th century gold specialists. (#9171) (Registry values: P1, N39000) (NGC ID# 26FZ, PCGS# 9171)

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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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