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    Impressive Gem 1913 Double Eagle

    1913 $20 MS65 PCGS. CAC. Though the 1913 double eagle's mintage of nearly 170,000 pieces is higher than for many of the surrounding Philadelphia issues, it is one of the more elusive condition rarities known to the series. International tension had risen dramatically in the early years of the 20th century, particularly with the formation of the Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe, and after the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the double eagles that would have been used for international commerce had nowhere to go.
    When he described the Dr. Thaine B. Price example in 1998, David Akers commented: "As a date, the 1913 is much more rare than the 1912; in fact, it is the rarest of the With Motto issues from 1908-1915, especially in Choice Uncirculated or better condition. Gems are prohibitively rare, and for all practical purposes, unobtainable ..." The present piece is tied with seven others for the finest example certified by PCGS (6/08).
    The strike is unusually bold for this normally weak issue; while most examples have a flat appearance that is similar to the 1907 and 1908 No Motto coins, this coin offers delightful detail, particularly on the peripheral elements. In his Guide Book to the series, Dave Bowers did a little fishing on the subject of strike: "Somewhat similar to the 1912, the 1913 requires cherrypicking in order to reel in a sharp one."
    While most examples of the 1913 double eagle exhibit dull green-gold fields, this aesthetically superior Gem's pristine surfaces exhibit creamy yellow-gold luster with traces of honey-gold near the borders and delicate rose accents. Only a few tiny marks in unimportant areas establish this desirable survivor as a "mere" Gem. This worthy Gem is sure to delight the successful bidder.
    From the Stephen Stokely Collection, Part Five.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26FN, PCGS# 9161)

    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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