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Elusive and Conditionally Rare Key Date, 1921 Saint-Gaudens $20, MS61 PCGS1921 $20 MS61 PCGS. The 1921 is both an elusive date and one of the premier condition rarities in the series of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, despite a not insignificant mintage of 528,500 pieces. It has long been obvious that most of these coins were melted. Unlike many of the semi-key issues from the 1930s, the 1921, when encountered, is not guaranteed to grade Mint State. In fact, this issue's extant population is evenly divided between circulated and Mint State grades. The reddish-gold surfaces of the currently offered example show even, if somewhat subdued, satin-like luster, with a number of small abrasions scattered over each side. The two most noticeable marks are on the right obverse field. Boldly struck overall, minor weakness is noted on Liberty's nose and bent knee, and on the eagle's head. A pair of slender die cracks (as struck) reside on the upper left reverse, and one of these bisects the eagle's beak. With a pleasing appearance and impressive technical attributes, for the assigned grade, this coin represents an important bidding opportunity for either the Saint-Gaudens double eagle or 20th century gold specialist.
From the Holman Family Collection. (#9172) (NGC ID# 26G2, PCGS# 9172)
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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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