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    Rare Gem Proof 1909 Double Eagle Struck in the "Roman Finish"

    1909 $20 PR66 NGC. Struck in the "Roman Finish" as opposed to the darker matte finish seen on earlier years, these extraordinary double eagles were issued in limited numbers. In fact, the Philadelphia Mint reports that a mere 67 pieces were coined for the entire year, a sum which could easily have been produced in an hour. Sales to collectors were slow, as the prior matte finish proved unpopular, and orders for these imperial coins remained slow. The "Roman Finish" produced lighter yellow-gold with the surfaces showing a fine texture. No longer were fields reflective in their nature, but instead blended with the devices instead of contrasting. For identification purposes, there is a short lint mark within the long feathers of the forward eagle's wing, roughly in the middle near the base of that device. A similar faint line exists left of the base of the Y of LIBERTY on the obverse. One of the most difficult dates to find in Gem grades or higher, and this one is certainly in the top quarter of those produced for the technical condition and quality of preservation. All proof gold coins from this period are truly the caviar of American numismatics. The coins represent the finest in minting techniques, and when found in Gem grades, they retain the eye appeal intended to represent the coiner's art. Although pricey in any market, obtaining a collection of these proof gold coins is a formidable task requiring not only patience but persistence. A coin worthy of any specialized collection and one of the prizes of this current auction.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GW, PCGS# 9206)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    April, 2006
    26th-29th Wednesday-Saturday
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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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