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    Contact-Free 1908 With Motto Twenty, PR66
    A Splendid Specimen of This First-Year Type

    1908 $20 Motto PR66 NGC. The 1908 With Motto proofs of the new Augustus Saint-Gaudens design--here as modified by Mint Engraver Charles Barber--are the first of the double eagle denomination that collectors of average means stand a chance of obtaining, as all of the earlier proof strikings are highly elusive and expensive. The heavy matte finish on these coins--of all denominations--was as unpopular in its day as it is popular with legions of collectors today.
    A total of 101 matte proofs were reportedly made of the 1908-dated twenty dollar issue, although a few pieces are also certified with a satin or Roman finish; clearly, this was a time of Mint experimentation with the various finishes known on several denominations, including both the new Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt designs.
    Although NGC has recorded 27 submissions of the matte proof format at the PR66 grade level, with 12 finer, it is likely that both of those figures represent numerous duplications (1/11). PCGS has certified only a single matte proof at the PR66 level.
    Coupled with the large, impressive twenty dollar denomination and in splendid technical and aesthetic condition, this Premium Gem first-year-of-type proof coin should prove to be a rare prize for some lucky bidder. The surfaces appear free of any contact, although there are a couple of rim irregularities on the upper left of the reverse, but these appear to be of Mint origin as the matte texture covers them. Consistent honey-gold color is seen over each side except for a suggestion of deeper brownish-gold at the lower obverse, below the date. The strong collector demand for proof gold in higher grades certainly shows no sign of abating.
    From The Mesquite Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9205)

    Weight: 33.44 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
    February, 2011
    3rd-6th Thursday-Sunday
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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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