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1921 $20

2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248

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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2001
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Unquestionably Rare 1921 Double Eagle
1921 $20 AU 55 NGC. Despite a not insignificant mintage of 528,500 pieces, the 1921 is the premier condition rarity among collectible Saint-Gaudens double eagles. Unlike many of the 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 present example retains a significant amount of frosty luster despite light rub across the highpoints. The surfaces are noticeably abraded, particularly over the eagle's portrait, but the overall eye appeal is relatively pleasing. Both sides are nicely colored in warm golden-rose hues. We last offered a similarly graded 1921 double eagle as lot 7923 in our May 2000 Central States Signature Sale. That coin, certified by PCGS, realized $23,575.
From the David & Jeannie Cheung Collection. (NGC ID# 26G2, PCGS# 9172)

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