Rare and Desirable 1910 Saint-Gaudens Twenty PR661910 $20 PR66 PCGS. Like the smaller denominations of gold coins from 1910 the mintage for proof Twenties is unusually large when compared to other proof Saint-Gaudens issues. It was recorded that 167 pieces were struck, but this number is just not meaningful when trying to determine the actual rarity of this date. Surely a large number must have been melted at a later date. When Breen wrote his opus on U.S. proofs in 1977 he was only able to locate five specimens in recent auctions. Four years later Akers recorded 17 appearances in auctions over the six decades he surveyed major gold sales. Bowers believed that only 10 to 15 pieces may have survived while Akers estimated that 20-25 pieces are extant. However, we estimate that survivors may actually number between 30 and 45 pieces.
Like the proof Double Eagles struck in 1909, this piece was also struck in the rare Roman Gold finish. This brighter finish is quite desirable and many serious gold collectors have never seen an example of this semi-brilliant variant of matte proofing. The surfaces on this beautifully preserved 1910 display expectantly strong eye appeal, being totally free from shiny spots and only a few insignificant blemishes in the right obverse field from Superb quality. Population: 5 in 66, 2 finer (11/04).
From The Paul Taylor Collection of Finest Known PCGS Registry Gold Type Sets.(#9207) (Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GX, PCGS# 9207)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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