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    1911 PR 64 PCGS. Even though the official mintage for proofs of this year 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. Estimates of survivors for this date range from a low of 12-15 to as high as 20 coins. We believe that perhaps as many as 25-35 separate pieces may survive today in all grades. With the 1911 issue, the mint continued the matte proofing process that began in 1908. 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 surfaces are nearly flawless, the only visible imperfections are a couple of microscopic marks on Liberty's leg and a small luster break on the eagle's wing. This is an extraordinary matte proof double eagle. Population: 3 in PR 64, 12 finer. (NGC ID# 26GY, PCGS# 9208)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    August, 1995
    14th Monday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 2
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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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