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1931 $20 MS65 PCGS. Among Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, ...

2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 30, 2004
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Desirable Gem Uncirculated 1931 Saint-Gaudens
1931 $20 MS65 PCGS. Among Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, the 1931 is considered to be one of the top seven rarest issues in the series, with precious few examples that survived the mass meltings of Twenty Dollar gold pieces minted in the now elusive years of 1929 to 1933. The original mintage of 2,938,250 pieces was apparently almost obliterated by the gold recall of 1933. Experts have speculated over the years which of these later dated issues is now the rarest, and exactly how they should be ranked. The population figures by the major services can sometimes be misleading as to exact rarity, as the same coin may have been submitted to both services at different times, or even the same service multiple times thus causing the published figures to be inflated. As a Gem, however, it seems clear that the 1931 falls into the lower echelon of these rarities.
The splendidly original Gem offered here is the nicest 1931 we have offered since a similarly certified piece realized $30,475 in our 2000 Central States Sale. Soft frosted, original luster is evident over both sides and only a few modest luster grazes are visible here and there, most either in the fields or buried within the eagle's feathers. Hints of olive patina are noticed at the borders. An important opportunity for the serious collector of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles. Population: 25 in 65, 5 finer (10/03).(#9192) (Registry values: P1, N37000) (NGC ID# 26GN, PCGS# 9192)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
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