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    1907-D Liberty Double Eagle, SP65
    Extremely Rare Special Striking
    Finest-Known Example

    1907-D $20 SP65 NGC. No official documentation on the striking of proof or specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC (one of which has recently been regraded as a proof) and a single proof at PCGS (4/20). The unique PCGS proof has been mentioned in the literature for many years, has a long auction history, and is struck from the die pair designated JD-1 in John Dannreuther's series reference. Walter Breen notes it was struck on September 30, 1907. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth suggest the coin was struck to "commemorate the end of the Liberty Head design, which began in 1850."

    We suspect the two NGC proof and specimen strikings were produced at the same time, and for the same reason. Those coins were both struck from the same dies as the JD-1 proof example, with the left base of the 1 over the right edge of a dentil and the mintmark positioned slightly right of center, so a line drawn from the upright of the D in DOLLARS is in line with the right side of the mintmark. The pattern of die polish in the lower part of the clear spaces in the shield also matches that on the proof example. In fact, we can find no diagnostic differences between the two formats.

    We can find no prior auction history for the present coin, which was recently certified by NGC. It is the finest certified proof or specimen strike by a full three grade points. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, with intricate detail on Liberty's hair and the eagle's feathers. Like most proofs of this era, the devices are not heavily frosted and display minimal contrast with the deeply reflective fields. The well-preserved orange-gold surfaces show no mentionable post-strike distractions. Overall eye appeal is terrific. This coin will be a cornerstone of an advanced collection or type set.

    Roster of Specimen and Proof 1907-D Liberty Double Eagles

    This roster was expanded from John Dannreuther's pedigree of the proof specimen in United States Proof Coins Volume IV: Gold.
    1. SP65 NGC. The present coin.
    A thin lint mark between star 2 and 3 and a spot of red color in the field, near IC in AMERICA, identify this specimen.
    2. PR62 BM PCGS.
    King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), part of lot 184; possibly Hans Schulman; Public Auction Sale (Kreisberg-Schulman, 10/1959), lot 1844; unsold; Public Auction Sale (Kreisberg-Schulman, 2/1960), lot 2931; Ronnie Carr; unknown intermediaries; Strong Museum Collection (Stack's, 10/2001), lot 1041; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 3227; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5944, as PR62 NGC, realized $188,000; Classic Coin Company (Brian Hendelson); Minshull Trading (Lee Minshull) offered this coin for $295,000 on 3/24/2016. There is a vertical milling mark on Liberty's neck and a small planchet flaw in the field near star 12.
    3. PR62 NGC.
    ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2016), lot 4363, as SP62 NGC. A few planchet flakes are noted below star 1 and to the left of the date and there is a short, shallow scratch between the U in UNITED and the T in TWENTY on the reverse.
    From The Tree Leaf Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 800190)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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