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    1920-S Indian Eagle, MS61+
    A Marquee Offering

    1920-S $10 MS61+ NGC. The 1920-S is a downright difficult issue to locate in Mint State, and even more challenging to acquire in the midst of other eager bidders. It somewhat sticks out in the series like a sore thumb ... or more accurately, a diamond in the rough ... a major rarity dropped right in the middle of a 10-year date gap that spans from 1916 to 1926. The hiccup seems to have been brought about by a need for eagles in either commerce or the banking system as backing for gold certificates. Most of the few surviving representatives are lightly circulated. In Mint State, this issue is arguably the rarest in the series, rivaled only by the fabled 1933, with which the 1920-S has something else in common: its mintage was almost complete destroyed in the 1930s gold melts. Series authority Mike Fuljenz states that the survival rate of the 1920-S is "among the lowest of any Indian Head Eagle relative to the original mintage," in this case 126,500 coins.

    The present Uncirculated example is a highlight coin in the current offering of Indian Eagles, second only to the magnificent Gem 1933 with which it shares this catalog. Its Mint State rarity is comparable and we anticipate intense interest from collectors. The coin is well-struck, with satiny straw-gold luster. A couple marks on Liberty's face contribute to the grade.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28H8, PCGS# 8881)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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