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1926-D $20 MS63 PCGS....

2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 12, 2005
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Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Attractive 1926-D Mint State Double Eagle
1926-D $20 MS63 PCGS. This is another very scarce date in upper mint state grades. In particular we note the surfaces are pleasing to the eye with just scattered ticks over the devices and fields. There are no deep or distracting nicks, as expected for this grade. The coin is very frosty and fairly well struck, although it is characteristically soft on the lower obverse rim. Most of these double eagles produced during this period ended up in European banks, which hoarded gold through this period. As stability returned to that region in the 1950s, the gold slowly flowed back to the United States, where collectors avidly sought out rarities. Most of the gold coins which had been produced were melted in 1933-4 and now are found in gold bar form in Fort Knox. To give the collector some idea of how difficult this date is to find, we note the NGC and PCGS population reports which show 62 coins graded this high with 23 specimens finer.
From The Callahan Collection.(#9184) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GE, PCGS# 9184)

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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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