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    NGC 1913 PR 66. The proofs of this year are very rare also, perhaps even more so than the previous two years. The mintage was a mere 58 pieces, which means these coins were rare even in the year of issue. It has been estimated that perhaps as few as 12-15 (Bowers) and as many as 20-25 (Akers) examples may exist today. These estimates are based in part on Breen's having been only able to trace recent sale records of five specimens for his 1977 proof book, and in part on Akers record of 14 appearances over the 40 years encompassed by his survey of major gold auctions. We believe the actual number of survivors to be between 23 and 35 coins, still a tiny number compared to the numbers of collectors of U.S. gold.
    The matte surface on this coin is virtually identical to that found on the previous two years' proofs. However, in color this coin much more closely resembles a 1908 with its deep brownish-khaki coloration. The depth of color on this coin is really quite remarkable and would serve to accent and highlight any surface flaws on the coin. The only flaw we can find, though, is a tiny, almost imperceptible, mark on the bent knee of Liberty. This can hardly be considered a defect, however, because it is doubtful that it can be seen without magnification. To identify the coin, there is a tiny smudge of a grease stain (as struck) toward the back of the fifth feather on the eagle's wing, but again this is hardly a distracting feature.
    This magnificent coin is tied for finest certified with 2 others, 1 from PCGS (6/94), and 2 from NGC (4/94). It is a coin of unsurpassable beauty that we doubt could be equalled, much less bettered, in terms of either technical grade or eye appeal. (NGC ID# BNLD, PCGS# 9210)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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    Jul-Aug, 1994
    30th-2nd Saturday-Tuesday
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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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