1908 Premium Gem Proof Double Eagle1908 $20 Motto PR66 NGC. Here we present another PR66 1908 twenty. The matte finish on this piece is not quite as coarse as that on the previous example, nor does it give off as much of a sparkling appearance. The mustard-gold surfaces display sharply struck design elements, with no areas of weakness. No significant contact marks or copper spots are apparent on either side. Close inspection of the obverse rims exhibits incompleteness, or a somewhat "wavy" effect, from about 7 o'clock to 1 o'clock. We cannot provide a definitive explanation for this, but it may be associated with David Bowers' observation in his 2004 A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins that "Some (1908) Proofs have a slight 'ripple effect' on the rim due to lack of metal to permit the raised rim and raised edge letters to be fully brought up at the same time."
From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.(#9205)(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9205)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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