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    Sharply Struck 1915 Double Eagle, PR65 NGC

    1915 $20 PR65 NGC. In this final year of production of the matte proofing process, only 50 proof Double Eagles were struck. The 1915 has long been held in high regard by specialists and it may well be the rarest issue among the eight years proofs were coined. Breen estimated that possibly fewer than 12 proofs survive while Akers placed the number extant between 20 and 25 coins. We tend to agree with this higher figure and would place the upper-end estimate at no more than 30 pieces. Presently, 42 coins have been certified by both major grading services; however, quite a few of these are likely resubmissions.
    The surfaces of this Gem coin have a rich greenish-khaki color and show a coarse-grain finish. There are a few tiny distinctive marks on each side that could serve as identifiers for pedigree purposes. On the obverse, a thin, diagonal mark is seen on Liberty's right (facing) knee. On the reverse, there are a couple of almost hidden marks within the eagle's wing feathers, and a microscopic abrasion near the top of the sun. How many years will pass until another opportunity will present itself to purchase a coin of comparable quality?
    From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage, Part Two.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by Roger Burdette, and edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle

    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this 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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