Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Exceptional 1911 Saint-Gaudens Twenty
    Superb Gem Matte Proof

    1911 $20 PR67 NGC. Because the curved surfaces of the new Saint-Gaudens gold coins were unsuitable for the traditional brightly mirrored proof effect, the Mint experimented with several European techniques for the proof coins of the early 20th century. The sandblast, or matte, proof style was first used on the double eagle proofs of 1908, but that innovation proved to be unpopular with collectors of the era, who did not appreciate the artistic, Old World style of the coins. The Mint attempted to placate collectors by introducing a modified style, called the Roman or Satin finish in 1909 and 1910, but numismatists found that finish equally unacceptable. A return to the matte proof finish was mandated in 1911, and an even 100 proofs were minted.
    An unknown quantity of proof 1911 double eagles were distributed, but the total must have been small, based on the number of survivors seen today. Writing in 1977, Walter Breen estimated less than 20 examples were extant, while David Akers postulated a range of 20-25 specimens in 1982. In light of recent population data, a range of 40-50 coins recognizable as proofs seems more reasonable today.
    The present coin is a spectacular specimen, with virtually perfect surfaces. Even under magnification, no contact marks or shiny spots are visible. Characteristic bright, sparkling facets of granularity are apparent, with several tiny, widely scattered darker brown specks that appear to be from the alloy. The strike is all one could ask for, with all the majestic design elements portrayed in full detail. The connoisseur cannot help but appreciate the refined beauty of this magnificent coin. Census: 12 in 67, 5 finer (6/09).(Registry values: N10218)

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

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    View Certification Details from NGC

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Jul-Aug, 2009
    31st-2nd Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,418

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    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.

    Order Now! Just $95

    Sold on Jul 31, 2009 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item
    Coming soon:

    Luxury Real Estate
    Opens about 07/23/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 09/27/2021

    Luxury Real Estate
    Opens about 08/06/2021

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 09/24/2021

    Photography
    Opens about 09/22/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 09/23/2021

    Currency
    Opens about 09/20/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/28/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/28/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/29/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 09/20/2021

    Currency
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Western & Texas Art
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    Sports Collectibles
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 09/24/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/05/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/07/2021

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 09/30/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/11/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/08/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/13/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/07/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/15/2021

    Entertainment
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 10/22/2021

    Manuscripts
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Entertainment
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Musical Instruments
    Opens about 10/12/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/19/2021

    Photography
    Opens about 10/20/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/22/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/21/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/14/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/11/2021

    Space
    Opens about 10/25/2021

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 10/17/2021

    Currency
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Silver
    Opens about 10/26/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/26/2021

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 24 days left to consign to the 2021 December 11 - 13 HKINF World Coins Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I cannot say enough how much I appreciate Heritage and everything they do for the hobby I love.
    Rick B.,
    Jacksonville, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search