1927-S $20 MS66 NGC. Like many other issues in the Saint-...
This is a superlative example, and even a casual glance shows that this coin is decidedly better than MS65. The surfaces display bright satiny mint luster and are well struck throughout. Close examination with a magnifier shows a couple of shallow marks on each side, but one would be hard pressed to find any that could be used as pedigree identifiers. The coin has a lovely orange-gold coloration with a faint trace of lilac interspersed. Struck from an intermediate die state, there is just the slightest evidence of die bulging evident below the lettering in LIBERTY on the obverse, and a die crack runs through the eagle's beak on the reverse.
Only a small handful of 1927-S twenties are known today better than MS65. Only two other pieces have been so graded by NGC with two finer (11/03), while PCGS has only certified one coin in MS66 with one piece finer (10/03). It has been nine years since Heritage has handled a high grade 1927-S. In 1995 we sold an MS67 for $181,500. This particular piece just recently surfaced at the Long Beach show and was consigned there to the National Money Show Auction. It is fresh and has not appeared in any recent auctions or price lists as it has been off the market for more than 50 years. A wonderful opportunity for the specialist in the Saint-Gaudens series of double eagles. (#9188) (Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 26GJ, PCGS# 9188)
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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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