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    1915 PR 65 PCGS. 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 matte 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 estimate and would place the upper end at no more than 30 pieces. 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 there are minute shiny spots on the breasts of Liberty as well as her kneecap. On the reverse there is a tiny shiny spot on the highpoint of the eagle's breast and a mark that is barely perceptible to the unaided eye above the eagle's claw. This is the only PR 65 certified by PCGS, and is exceeded in grade only by a single NGC PR 66. Simply astonishing quality. (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    August, 1995
    15th Tuesday
    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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