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    Important 1914 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle PR66

    1914 $20 PR66 NGC. By 1914 it was more than obvious to officials at the Mint that its now six-year experiment with matte proof coinage was a dismal failure with collectors of the day. Interest progressively waned each year and only the two minor denominations, the Lincoln cent and the Buffalo nickel, were continued for another two years. The production of 1914 matte proof twenties was limited a mere 70 pieces, all struck beginning in the fall of 1914, curiously on three separate occasions. The number of survivors, once thought to be as low as 15 pieces, is now estimated to be in the neighborhood of 25-35 coins.
    The finish on 1914 proof twenties has a coarser texture than seen in previous years, an appearance that Breen refers to a "coarse sandblast finish." Both sides of this impressive Premium Gem representative display uniform autumn-gold coloration with no shiny spots or obvious distractions. Under close scrutiny (and at just the right angle) a wispy hairline above the date and another nearer the obverse border between 3 and 4 o'clock are faintly visible. These trivial disturbances would never even be mentioned on a lower grade or less important specimen. An extraordinary opportunity to acquire this noteworthy matte proof twenty. Census: 10 in 66, 2 finer (3/06).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26H3, PCGS# 9211)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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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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