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    1913 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, PR67
    Perfectly Produced Matte Proof
    One of the Finest Pieces Extant

    1913 $20 PR67 NGC. Within the past six months, there have been two major references published that cover proof Saint-Gaudens twenties. The Burdette reference mentions two delivery dates for proofs, January 13 and November 29. However, the Dannreuther reference lists a third delivery date on December 4 of 11 pieces. The difference in the totals between these two sources is 88 pieces per Burdette and 99 proofs according to Dannreuther. However, both sources agree on the estimated number of survivors, Burdette states 40 proofs remain and Dannreuther estimates 35-40 pieces are known today.

    The process of producing sandblasted proofs is one that is incompletely understood by many collectors today. In his 1903 book on the Philadelphia Mint, James Rankin Young explained the process:

    "[The sand blaster device] is a small wooden box with glass sides. A pipe on the inside blows down a fine shower of sand. The operator, wearing a big pair of mits to protect his hand, holds the coin under this stream of sand until the operation is finish, when it [the coin] has a delicate frosted appearance."



    Considerable variability could and did occur in this process. The "shower of sand" could vary in grit size from one batch to another, and from year to year. At least one 1913 proof twenty shows inattention to the sandblasting process, and its surfaces display both coarse and fine-grain grit sizes on the reverse.

    This piece is among the finest known. The grit size is uniform throughout and the strike definition is complete overall (not always the case with proofs of this date). The color is a darker tan, like the other three pieces from this consecutively number four-piece proof set, and there are no obvious or mentionable contact marks on either side. Only 10 other PR67 twenties of this date have been certified by NGC (some of which are surely resubmissions) with a mere three pieces finer (10/18). This piece is of the highest rarity and is certain to be of interest to both collectors of Saint-Gaudens twenties as well as proof gold collectors.(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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