1929 $20 MS66 PCGS....
Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
What is not open to debate is the number of coins that survive in Gem or finer grades. For example, PCGS has certified just 22 pieces in MS65 and five more in MS66, for a total of 27 coins. At the same time, NGC has graded exactly four Gem MS65 grade coins and only one MS66 piece.
As we wrote in our Phillip Morse catalog (11/2005): "The astute collector, with patience and the concomitant finances, should be able to acquire a better Mint State 1929. Furthermore, such a coin is likely to exude considerable eye appeal. According to Akers (1988) and Bowers, the typical 1929 is nearly always very sharply struck, is fully frosty, and very lustrous. Most specimens are a medium to rich greenish-gold or yellow-gold color, sometimes with faint rose or orange overtones." This Premium Gem seems to match the description from our Morse catalog in terms of individual appearance with extremely sharp design elements, highly lustrous and fully brilliant frosty surfaces, and exceptional yellow-gold color. It is also finer than either of the Morse coins, which graded MS65 and MS64.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 26GL, PCGS# 9190)
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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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