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    Conditionally Elusive Gem 1914-S Indian Head Eagle, Breen-7126, RPM-1, Double S Mintmark

    1914-S $10 MS65 NGC. Breen-7126. RPM-1. Double S. The first example that we have ever offered of this rare variety, at any grade level. The mintmark clearly shows evidence of an underlying S.
    Of the 1914-S issue, more generally, David Akers has stated that: "The 1914-S is one of the great rarities of the 20th-century United States gold series in MS-64 or better condition."
    While Saint-Gaudens' double eagle was produced primarily for use by the banking system, his beautiful Indian Head eagle fulfilled its duty to the United States Treasury as a circulating medium of exchange. When one stops to consider the purchasing power that ten dollars represented in the early part of the 20th century, it is little wonder that few Americans could afford to set aside an Indian Head eagle for future posterity, regardless of how pristine it looked. While this simple fact of life directly impacted the average quality of survivors from all Indian Head issues, the San Francisco Mint's delivery of 1914 suffered one of the highest attrition rates of them all. Although About Uncirculated and lower Mint State examples are relatively available, true Gems such as the coin offered here are of the utmost rarity and desirability. This is a stunning representative with a crisp, essentially complete strike. The blazing orange-gold surfaces exhibit intense mint frost and slight underlying granularity. There are no marks or abrasions that are worthy of individual concern, and the overall surface preservation is fully consistent with the MS65 grade designation. It is impossible for us to imagine a more appealing example of this conditionally scarce issue for any advanced gold collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28H4, PCGS# 8877)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2006
    13th-14th Sunday-Monday
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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by Roger Burdette, and edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle

    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this 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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