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    Exceptional PR67 1913 Saint-Gaudens Twenty

    1913 $20 PR67 NGC. As with any proof double eagle, examples from this year are rare in the truest sense of the word, as can be easily ascertained by its minuscule mintage of 58 coins, which is second lowest in the series. Unlike the previous two issues, a greater percentage of the mintage seems to have been set aside and survives today. Still, probably no more than 35-40 individual coins are probably extant today. This number of survivors is somewhat higher than in previous years, and it is also a more accurate estimation of the number of coins remaining. David Akers' estimate of 20-25 coins seems a bit on the low side, especially when more than 60 pieces have been certified by both NGC and PCGS (5/07).
    As with most 1913 proofs, the matte surfaces on this coin exhibit a brownish-khaki coloration that is similar to the color seen on 1908 proofs, more so than on other dates in the series. The surfaces show a pronounced granularity, and when closely examined each of the thousands of individual granules sparkle in a random, diffuse manner. Even with the aid of magnification, the tiniest of surface flaws appear to be of mint origin. Whether this magnificent specimen could possibly be deserving of an even higher rating is up to the potential buyer. Either way, the importance of this classic 20th century gold issue cannot be underestimated and its technical and aesthetic merits are equally sound. Census: 10 in 67, 2 finer (5/07).(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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    July, 2007
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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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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