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    Remarkable 1911 Double Eagle, Proof 68 NGC

    1911 $20 PR68 NGC. After a two-year hiatus, the Mint reinstituted the matte proofing process it had begun in 1908. Even though the official mintage for proofs of 1911 was 100 pieces, this is really not a meaningful number because so few coins are known today. Apparently the Mint produced, on speculation, small numbers of these non-traditional proofs each year. The public was never as enthusiastic about matte proofs as Mint officials were and, as a result, few were ordered and even fewer survive today. Our estimate of survivors is in the 40 to 50 range.
    This piece shows thousands of tiny sparkling facets under magnification and the basic mustard color is overlaid by a thin veneer of olive-green. The design elements are boldly impressed and the surfaces are flawless. This is a true museum-quality piece that appears totally without blemish. We could find no trace of contact on either side, there are no shiny spots, and we could not even find a lamination in the planchet. This is a truly remarkable piece. Census: 3 in 68, 0 finer (9/05).
    From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.(#9208)(Registry values: N14284) (NGC ID# 26GY, PCGS# 9208)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    November, 2005
    3rd Thursday
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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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