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1926-D Double Eagle, MS64
Among the Top Five Series Rarities

1926-D $20 MS64 PCGS. The 1926-D Saint Gaudens issue remains a rare coin today, although it is more available in grades below Gem than it was at an earlier time, in the early 1950s when the first overseas hoards of 1926-D double eagles were discovered and repatriated. David Akers points out that two of the finest-known examples, the ex: Norweb and Duckor examples, never left domestic shores, adding:

"Prior to the discovery of the small hoards in Europe, the 1926-D was considered to be one of the three greatest rarities in the series, second only to the 1924-S and slightly more rare than the 1926-S. It was also thought to be more rare than the 1920-S, 1921, and 1927-D, the three most valuable regular issues of the series today. The discovery of the hoards in Europe changed all that in terms of population rarity but definitely not condition rarity. In gem and superb uncirculated condition the 1926-D is still considered one of the top five rarities in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series today."



The present Choice Mint State example is one of 22 submissions at PCGS in MS64 (including one in 64+), and only five pieces are finer (7/13). The surfaces show cartwheel luster over deep reddish-orange color with some greenish glints, and a loupe reveals numerous scattered marks on each side, more prominent on the obverse. Collectors will find the acquisition of any higher-graded example to be quite difficult.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GE, PCGS# 9184)

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Auction Dates
August, 2013
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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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