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1927-S $20 MS63 PCGS. While the extreme rarity of the ...

2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346

 
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Very Scarce 1927-S Saint-Gaudens Twenty MS63
1927-S $20 MS63 PCGS. While the extreme rarity of the 1927-D Saint may overshadow its S-mint counterpart, anyone who has tracked the Saint-Gaudens series over the past few decades knows that the latter issue is also a rarity deserving of great respect. Prior to the emergence of a few examples in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s, many gold specialists regarded the 1927-S as the fourth rarest Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle after the 1924-S, 1926-D, and 1926-S. Overseas holdings that have since been repatriated necessitated a realignment in the relative rarity of many issues in this series, the '27-S included. The number of examples found in Europe, however, was significantly fewer than those for most other S-mint issues from the 1920s. In fact, Akers (1988) states that findings of this issue have never approached roll quantity, let alone that of a hoard. The situation has altered very little over the last 15 years.
Offered here is a Select, blatantly original example whose eye appeal meets or exceeds its technical merits. The strike is noteworthy for its consistent strength and there is an abundance of frosty brilliance. Blushes of appealing orange patina are particularly apparent on the reverse. Listen for a slight buzz when this challenging Saint-Gaudens rarity crosses the auction block. Population: 17 in 63, 13 finer (3/04). (#9188) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GJ, PCGS# 9188)

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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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