The vast majority of the 558,000 double eagles that the San Francisco Mint produced in 1920 were melted without having ever seen the light of day. While several other mintmarked issues from the 1920s have been well represented in repatriations from Europe, it seems likely that the 1920-S has never appeared on the market in quantity. A few high quality examples are known, but the number of advanced gold collectors is far greater than this limited population. While the typical 1920-S is poorly struck, the present example displays strong, although not complete definition. The texture is frosty and the luster swirls around both sides with moderate intensity. There are no individually mentionable post-production distractions and a single planchet void (as struck) in the reverse field before the eagle's beak is mentioned for pedigree purposes. A coin whose rarity and Condition Census standing is as impressive as its technical merits. (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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