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    1911 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, PR66
    Only 100 Matte Proofs Struck
    Fewer Than 75 Pieces Known

    1911 $20 PR66 NGC. JD-1, R.5. The year 1911 marked the abandonment of the experimental "Roman Gold" method of proofing, and a return to the 1908 sandblast proof finish. In United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold, John Dannreuther writes:

    "...the Mint bowed to the pressure from collectors who had voted at the ANA convention in favor of the dull or Sandblast finish. Thus, the Mint abandoned the Satin finish seen in 1909 and 1910. From 1911 to the end of Proof gold coinage in 1915, Sandblast Proofs are the only finish encountered."



    While the sandblast process was the same in 1911 as it was in 1908, the visual results were noticeably different. The 1908 coins have distinctive coarse-grain, khaki-green surfaces, while the proofs from 1911 lack that depth of color and show a finer granularity. Dannreuther writes, "This matte finish is among the most desired by today's collectors, so many of these have found their way into type sets. If one has a choice, the lighter color and sparkle found on 1911 Proofs often is preferred over the darker issues of 1908 and 1912 through 1915."

    An even 100 proofs were struck in 1911. Over the years, estimates of the number of survivors have varied considerably. David Akers estimated that only 20 to 25 pieces remained, while Breen stated that "probably fewer than 20 survive." When we handled this piece in 2006, information available to us suggested that the actual survivorship of the 1911 proof was around 40 to 50 pieces, although that figure must be amended today in light more recent research by Dannreuther. It is believed that 65 to 75 examples survive in total.

    Most 1911 proof twenties are seen with a mustard coloration and sometimes show an olive-green overlay of patina. This coin differs from others we have seen and it displays a lighter even, yellow-gold coloration over each side. When examined with a loupe, thousands of tiny, sparkling facets illuminate the surfaces and give the coin its subtle matte effect. Each side is remarkably clean for a matte proof gold piece. There is only the slightest shininess evident on the highpoints of the figure of Liberty, and a small nick on the top of the first 1 in the date. The reverse has a few small shiny spots on the eagle's breast and there is a hairline-thin mark in the same area that can only be seen with a magnifier.
    Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 2486.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26GY, PCGS# 9208)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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