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    Outstanding 1909/8 Twenty, MS66 PCGS

    1909/8 $20 MS66 PCGS. The 1909/8 is the only Saint-Gaudens overdate in the series, and it is generally seen through the lower Mint State grades. The situation changes quite drastically in the better Uncirculated grades. In MS66, the level of preservation of the example offered in this lot, only five examples have been seen by PCGS and NGC combined, and none are finer. Moreover, just one Premium Gem has appeared at auction within the past five or so years, with no better specimens crossing the auction block.
    The example presented in this lot yields the characteristic greenish-gold patina intermixed with orange-gold over both obverse and reverse. The frosty surfaces display vibrant luster, imparting a good deal of "flash" to the coin, something that is not typical of this issue. The design elements exhibit a better-than-average strike, further enhancing the coin's fantastic eye appeal. As we pointed out in the earlier general writeup of the '09/8, weakness is often seen on the upper part of Liberty, along with general flatness on the obverse. On this specimen, sharp definition is apparent throughout. For accuracy we mention a few very trivial contact marks on Liberty's legs that are virtually invisible to the unaided eye. The piece is identifiable by a minute mark on Liberty's left breast and on the left forearm.
    This coin will please even the most particular collector of Saint-Gaudens twenties. One does not often encounter a coin of this caliber; it will make an outstanding addition to a high grade Saint-Gaudens collection. Population: 2 in 66, 0 finer (9/05).
    From The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.(#9151)(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 26FC, PCGS# 9151)

    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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