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1926-S $20 MS63 NGC....

2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco #1205

 
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Auction Ended On: Mar 20, 2014
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Location: Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA
94111
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1926-S Double Eagle, MS63
Exceptional for the Grade
1926-S $20 MS63 NGC. Like other branch mint double eagles from the mid-1920s, the 1926-S twenty was both heavily melted and hoarded. The current example looks too pristine to have been a hoard coin, unless it was given special care. A radiantly lustrous orange-gold color with rose and green highlights, the fields and devices are virtually devoid of abrasions. The strike is bold except at the very top of the torch and a few stars surrounding it. The eagle is fully struck. Add in exceptional eye appeal, and this example is clearly high-end for its Select Uncirculated grade. In many ways it displays characteristics that are suggestive of an even higher designation.
From the Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 26GF, PCGS# 9185)

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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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