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    Enchanting Matte Proof 1914 Double Eagle

    1914 PR 64 PCGS. 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. The thousands and thousands of tiny facets on the sandblast surface sparkle with a collective radiance that is visually compelling when viewed with magnification. We cannot find any post-striking impairments or "shiny spots" on either side, and indeed the coin does have the appearance of a full gem. Population: 8 in 64, only 3 higher (4/96). (NGC ID# 26H3, PCGS# 9211)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    May-Jun, 1996
    30th-1st Thursday-Saturday
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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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