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1929 $20 MS65 PCGS....

2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 5, 2010
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Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Impressive Gem 1929 Double Eagle
Ex: Morse
1929 $20 MS65 PCGS. The 1929 opens the final segment of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, and every issue from this year through 1933 faced near-annihilation during the gold recall of the Roosevelt Administration. While the 1929 is the least rare of this group--some have gone as far as to suggest that the 1929 should be classified in a separate and lesser tier of rarity from its peers--it is still a coveted key date whose appearance at auction is an occasion of note among specialists. MS65 pieces are rare, with only 26 pieces graded by both services, and a mere six coins finer (12/09).
As we also previously wrote, the typical 1929, with its generally sharp strike and fully lustrous and frosty surfaces, exudes considerable eye appeal. The example we offer in this lot fits that bill perfectly. All of the design elements are sharply delineated, though minor softness is noted on portions of the Capitol dome. The frosty surfaces exhibit vibrant luster and are toned in variegated yellow, peach, orange-gold, and lime-green. The surfaces are well preserved, although a few minor marks on Liberty's head and left leg are mentioned for accuracy. While this issue often contains copper stains, only one tiny spot is located beneath the eagle's neck. All in all, this is an immensely appealing Gem.
Ex: The Philip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 6707.
From The Five Point Collection.
(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GL, PCGS# 9190)

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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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