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    Exceptional Gem 1908 Matte Proof Twenty

    1908 PR 65 PCGS. An outstanding example of this rare and always-desirable first-year issue. Only 101 proofs were struck, and while the 1908 is the most frequently encountered date in the matte proof series, it would be a gross misnomer to call it a common date. While others have estimated that far fewer proofs are known today of this date, we believe that somewhere between 45 and 60 pieces may still be extant in all grades. The surfaces on this piece possess the deep, khaki color typical of matte proofs from this year. The only flaws we see are a few very slight shiny spots on the highpoints of the devices. These are not shiny spots in the usual sense of the word, but are a very slight lightening of the highpoints, and this is visible only when the coin is tilted just so under a light. An important and very attractive proof that will undoubtedly generate much attention from gold enthusiasts. (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9205)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    January, 1999
    6th-8th Wednesday-Friday
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    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two 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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