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    1913 Double Eagle, Matte PR67
    Two Graded Finer
    Exemplary Surfaces and Strike

    1913 $20 PR67 NGC. The matte proof double eagles dated 1913 are extremely rare. The mintage was a mere 58 pieces, meaning that these coins were rare even in their year of issue. Trying to estimate the number of survivors today based on population data is an exercise in futility; despite the mintage of 58 pieces, today the grading events for the 1913 proof double eagle, between NGC and PCGS, number 75! This is a more than usually transparent demonstration of how such data are hopelessly riddled with duplicates -- an understandable phenomenon nonetheless, when one considers that a one-point grade bump for a coin of this issue successfully "cracked out," resubmitted, and upgraded can mean tens of thousands of dollars.

    Earlier estimates of survival have been as few as 12 to 15 pieces, per Q. David Bowers, and 20 to 25, per David Akers. PCGS estimates 40 to 45 pieces, a survival that would be considered abnormally high, given the mintage. What is more important is that this piece is surpassed in grade by only two submissions in PR68 at NGC (or one coin submitted twice). NGC shows 11 grading events in PR67 including this coin and suspected duplications.

    The color of this Superb Gem closely resembles a 1908 matte proof twenty, with its deep brownish-khaki coloration. The depth of color is quite remarkable and would serve to accent and highlight any surface flaws or shiny spots, but no defects appear on this outstanding example. The exemplary surfaces are quite simply fully struck throughout, producing a wealth of detail and an effect of intense beauty. Surely this piece was given multiple blows from a medal press. Census: 11 in 67, 2 finer (9/14).
    Ex: Phillip H. Morse Collection (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 6613.
    From The Empire Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# BNLD, PCGS# 9210)

    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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