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    1910-S Double Eagle, MS67
    Ex: Clapp, Eliasberg, Price, Morse

    1910-S $20 MS67 PCGS. Only one PCGS-certified example -- an MS68 that to our knowledge has been hidden from public view for more than two decades -- is finer than the current 1910-S MS67 PCGS double eagle, an impressive coin with an impeccable pedigree extending back to John M. Clapp and including Louis Eliasberg, Dr. Thaine B. Price, and Phillip H. Morse. The present offering of this coin marks its first auction appearance in nearly 10 years, and it is also only the second appearance of any certified Superb Gem 1910-S in that same length of time.

    The 1910-S Saint-Gaudens twenty is extremely elusive above the Gem level. This Superb Gem, formerly in the Morse Collection, was the only MS67 example in the Morse holdings, but he also had three MS66 examples -- two PCGS, one NGC. That was a function of the high grades Mr. Morse sought in every Saint-Gaudens issue, rather than an indication of the availability of the 1910-S in high grades.

    The 1910-S in the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection was an MS66+ PCGS-CAC example (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4614, which brought $29,900.

    This fabulous MS67 PCGS example offers surfaces that are frosted rather than the more frequently seen satin finish. The strike details are fully brought up on both sides. Rich reddish patina appears throughout. Population: 1 in 67, 1 finer (9/14).

    David Akers wrote of this coin in the Dr. Thaine Price Collection:

    "This coin leaves little to be desired in any respect. It is fully struck with magnificent original surfaces and gorgeous medium orange-gold color. The surfaces are nearly pristine with no more than a few extremely small contact marks, mostly on the reverse on the eagle and in the rays below. ... At the grade level represented by this remarkable specimen, the 1910-S Double Eagle is a major rarity, and although not among the highest value coins in the Price Collection, this is certainly among the most impressive."

    Ex: Purchased by John M. Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint in 1910; John H. Clapp; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg "United States Gold Coin" Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 1036; Auction '88 (7/1988), lot 989; Dr. Thaine B. Price; Price Collection (Akers, 5/1998), lot 85; Phillip H. Morse Collection (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 6585, which brought $51,750.
    From The Empire Collection.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26FH, PCGS# 9156)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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