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1931-D MS 65 NGC. The 1931-D is one of the key issues among the late date Saints from 1929 to 1932, all of which are very rare and seldom seen except when a major collection is broken up. Possibly as many as 40-45 pieces are extant today in all grades, many of which came from a "mini-hoard" of approximately 15-20 pieces. This piece, of course, is not a hoard coin and its provenance can be traced all the way back to the year of issue as it was part of the deaccessioned holdings from the Connecticut State Library, whose double eagles were purchased directly from the mint.
Akers believes the '31-D to be of equal overall rarity to the 1931 and 1932 issues, and is roughly equivalent to the 1930-S in condition rarity. He rates gem examples as R.8 with an estimated 6-10 pieces known. Only 3 other MS 65 coins have been certified with one example finer (all graded by PCGS). This is a fully struck example whose surfaces exhibit bright satiny luster that is virtually uninterrupted by post-striking impairments. An exceptionally clean and problem-free example of this rare, key date issue. (NGC ID# 26GP, PCGS# 9193)

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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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