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    Superb Matte Proof 1912 Saint-Gaudens

    1912 $20 PR67 NGC. The mintage of matte proof double eagles was limited to just 74 pieces in the year when the Bull Moose party almost won the White House. Extant specimens in any grade are roughly comparable to the 1911 and the other dates of the series except for the slightly more obtainable 1908. Past estimates of the number of survivors have varied from 15 to 25 pieces, but the more comprehensive data available today bumps the total to somewhere between 30 and 40 coins. The number of resubmissions for 1912 matte proof twenties is understandably high, considering the financial stakes involved.
    The finish of this piece is also similar to that found on the 1911, only that it is a couple of shades lighter in hue. Magnification shows myriad tiny sparkling facets from the sandblast-like surfaces. The surfaces are essentially perfect with the only mentionable post-striking disturbance being a pair of tiny shiny spots on the upper tip of the eagle's forewing. Breathtaking eye appeal in this very rare gold proof.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GZ, PCGS# 9209)

    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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    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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