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    Impeccably Preserved 1914-S Double Eagle
    The Finest Certified, Superb Gem

    1914-S $20 MS67 NGC. With one exception, no 1914-S has been certified by either NGC or PCGS above MS66. That exception is the present coin, which stands alone as the single finest certified. The 1914-S has the highest mintage of any issue from the teens, but few collectors even considered setting aside examples of such a high denomination, aside from Philadelphia Mint proofs and the highly popular High Relief issue.
    A sizeable majority of 1914-S twenties were eventually melted, particularly after the 1933 gold recall. However, hard money advocates also acquired quantities, many of which came from foreign bank vault hoards, which have been widely disbursed in recent decades. Those pieces had one thing in common: bagmarks, caused by coin to coin contact within sealed bags as they were moved from one location to another, including a likely journey by ship overseas.
    The large size and soft gold alloy of double eagles made it nearly impossible for examples to survive in high grades under such circumstances, but a few pieces faced better odds than their peers. Those were placed into advanced cabinets, such as the Connecticut State Library or John Clapp collections. Even so, it is miraculous that any Superb Gems exist today, since indifferent handling at the San Francisco Mint itself would cause abrasions before any possible collector intervention.
    The present piece, then, is a marvel. It is one in a million, or more explicitly, one in 1.498 million. Those familiar with MS65 1914-S twenties know that they have numerous small marks, which are unacceptable for the MS67 grade. But this coin is remarkably smooth. Only one or two minute marks on each side are visible with the unaided eye, and these are concealed within the devices. The yellow-gold surfaces are lustrous and crisply struck, but it is the exceptional preservation that makes the current lot so important to those who demand only the finest for their collection.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26FU, PCGS# 9166)

    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
    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
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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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