1931-D $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC....
With Light Greenish-Gold Surfaces
Possibly the first auction appearance of the issue was in Sale Number 399 (Morgenthau, 5/1939), lot 557. Wayte Raymond and J.G. Macallister were the proprietors of the Morgenthau firm, and their catalogs were famous for their terse commentary. The lot description read simply, "1931 D Uncirculated and extremely
rare." If this was indeed the first offering of this date, it proved an
auspicious beginning. The lot realized $130, a significant sum for a coin that could be purchased for face value only six years before. Today, auction appearances of a 1931-D are noteworthy events. When a magnificent MS66 PCGS coin was offered in lot 2132 of the Baltimore Signature Auction (Heritage, 7/2008), it realized $253,000.
The present coin is an attractive Choice Mint State example, with light greenish-gold surfaces highlighted by blushes of rose. The strike details are sharp throughout, and the surfaces are minimally abraded for the grade. The CAC sticker confirms the outstanding eye appeal of this piece. Housed in an old green label holder. Population: 34 in 64, 17 finer (6/10).
From The Dr. Brandon Smith Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GP, PCGS# 9193)
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