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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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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