PCGS 1914 PR 66. Only 70 proof double eagles were minted in 1914, and probably even fewer were distributed, this being the sunset era of matte proof coinage. As with previous years the estimate of the the number of survivors has varied considerably from a low of 10-15 pieces to 20-25 coins (Akers) with Akers having tracked 14 proofs in major gold auctions over the decades. We believe that somewhere between 20 and 33 examples exist today in all grades. Breen states that 1914 proofs have a "coarse sandblast finish," and indeed the surfaces do appear to have slightly larger granules than other dates. A medium orange-gold color renders this an impressive and attractive proof, and the pale lilac overtones add a light but colorful accent to the surfaces. The thousands and thousands of tiny facets on the sandblast surface sparkle with a collective radiance that is visually compelling when viewed with magnification. The only surface flaws we could discern are a thin mark on the right side of the sun and a single minute mark at the back of the eagle's trailing wing feathers and a couple others on the adjacent rim. These minute marks are all that separate the coin from technical perfection. Considering this, as well as the undeniable eye appeal of the coin, the Proof 66 grade seems a bit conservative to us. This is the only Proof 66 coin certified by PCGS, and condition-wise it is tied with two other Proof 66 coins certified by NGC, for finest certified honors. An extraordinary opportunity to acquire this rare date matte proof twenty. (NGC ID# 26H3, PCGS# 9211)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    December, 1994
    9th Friday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 1
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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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