1931-D $20 MS64 PCGS....
An Impressive, Satin-Surfaced Example
"Until a small hoard of approximately 15-20 pieces entered the market in the early 1980s, the 1931-D was virtually identical to the 1930-S in both overall and high-grade rarity. Now, however, the 1931-D is more similar to the 1931 and 1932 in terms of total number of coins known. The hoard contained coins that grade only MS-60 to MS-64, however, with the result that the 1931-D is still nearly as rare as the 1930-S in high grades. A few premium-quality Gems have survived, none of which has a distinct advantage over the others as the finest known."
The single finest certified example at PCGS is the MS66+ example in the Dr. Steven Duckor Collection ("second set," as listed in the PCGS Set Registry), a piece that, Akers' comments above notwithstanding, deserves special mention in any case. (The earlier 1988 edition of the Akers' Handbook singled this coin out: "The Dr. Steven Duckor coin, formerly in the Amon Carter, Jr. Collection, is certainly the prettiest 1931-D I have seen. Its color and lustre are extraordinary for a 1931-D.")
The present specimen displays bright surfaces with uniform orange-gold color and satiny luster. The strike is strong, but not quite complete in all areas, and there are no mentionable abrasions on either side of this impressive near-Gem.
From The Virginia Beach Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GP, PCGS# 9193)
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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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