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    Exquisite 1912 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, PR67

    1912 $20 PR67 NGC. This boldly defined proof offers outstanding buff-gold color and incredible, virtually pristine surfaces. Every aspect of this Superb Gem proof double eagle is exactly as it was intended, and as it was minted. After the Roman finish experiment of 1909 and 1910, the Mint returned to the matte or sandblast finish to produce the remaining proof coins from 1911 through 1915. The multifaceted matte finish was created through a separate process after the coins were struck. Garrett and Guth write, "For the meager mintage of 74 pieces, each coin was sandblasted after striking to create a finish that sparkled with thousands of tiny facets."
    Currently, NGC and PCGS have certified a total of 76 submissions, greater than the original mintage and obviously representing some unknown duplication from resubmissions. The average grade of those submissions is 65.3, clearly lower than the present piece. This piece is the 10th auction appearance of a PR67 example in our sales since 1993, although those auction appearances represent just six different coins. The present piece is a seventh different Superb Gem proof. While the exact population is unknown, this top-drawer survivor is clearly among the finest certified examples and a wonderful representation of Saint-Gaudens' incredible artistry. The connoisseur of important gold coinage will truly appreciate its exceptional beauty. Census: 12 in 67, 1 finer (6/09).
    From The Wisconsin Gold Type Set Collection.(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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