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    Vibrant, Colorful, and Very Rare MS66 1909 Double Eagle

    1909 $20 MS66 PCGS. The 1909 is a perennially underrated issue in the Saint-Gaudens series. It is also extremely rare to locate in Gem and finer grades. Only three other pieces have been certified as MS66 by PCGS, and NGC has only graded two pieces (none are finer at either service). This magnificent coin has softly frosted mint luster and each side (but more so the reverse) shows a lively interplay of orange-gold and pale green patina. Sharply defined throughout, there are a few small, insignificant marks on the sun and eagle's feathers on the reverse, but the only mark on the obverse that could be used as an identifier is a shallow scrape on the rock below Liberty's foot. It may be a long time before a pair of high grade 1909 twenties such as those seen in the Morse Collection are again offered for sale at public auction.
    From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.(#9150)(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26FB, PCGS# 9150)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2005
    3rd Thursday
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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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