1920-S $20 MS66 PCGS. Eliasberg/Duckor. Because of the unparalleled quality of this extremely rare Saint-Gaudens twenty, we...
We do not know and cannot know 85 years after the fact if this coin was a part of Comparette's "irregular" dealings with Godard, and possibly others. However, it seems a reasonable speculation given the extraordinary condition of the coin and its presence in the Eliasberg Collection, who purchased John Clapp's collection intact in 1942, and Clapp obtained many turn-of-the-century coins directly from the mint. Did Clapp also have access to Comparette and Assay Commission coins?
The 1920-S is a rarely-seen double eagle. When found, most examples are in the AU58-MS62 grade range with very few finer. This is the finest example known and only three Gems have been certified. The orange-gold coloration seen over each side is accented by an occasional streak of lilac that adds considerable visual appeal. Softly defined, as almost always seen on 1920-S twenties, there are no obvious marks that could be used as pedigree identifiers on this magnificent coin.
Ex: Eliasberg (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/82), lot 1051, where it brought $30,800; purchased by Dr. Stephen Duckor; sold by Dr. Duckor 3/00; and subsequently purchased by Phillip Morse.
From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.(#9171)(Registry values: N1) (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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