Description

    Seldom-Seen Gem 1915 Double Eagle

    1915 $20 MS65 PCGS. Bowers writes of the 1915 double eagle that "as is true for several double eagles in this date range, the Philadelphia Mint issue is more elusive than are those from the branch mints." The millions of collectors who began their numismatic careers filling up "penny boards" with Lincoln cents are generally used to the branch mint issues being scarcer than their P-mint siblings; perhaps that is the reason that many collectors fail to realize the rarity of an issue such as the 1915 Philadelphia double eagle, especially in high grades.
    Akers' recent Handbook of 20th century gold goes into more specifics concerning the 1915:

    "With respect to both overall rarity and high-grade rarity, the 1915 is very similar to the 1914 and considerably rarer than the 1911. It is not, however, as rare as the 1909 in any grade, nor is it as elusive as the 1913 in in high grades. Most 1915 Double Eagles grade MS-60 to MS-64, although the issue is still scarce even in these grades. Gems are rare, and the 1915 is unknown any finer than MS-65."


    This piece is endowed with surfaces that are nearly mark-free and display lovely orange-gold coloration with tinges of greenish-gold. The strike is bold but not full, with minor softness on some of the elements near the periphery, such as portions of the Capitol dome and Liberty's sandal. Brilliant cartwheel luster emanates from both sides. We note a small, undistracting alloy spot between rays 7 and 8 from the left.
    This specimen is one of only 36 Gem examples certified at PCGS, along with a single MS65+, and there are none finer at PCGS. Since Akers wrote those words, NGC has certified a single MS66 piece (3/10).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26FV, PCGS# 9167)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2010
    28th-2nd Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 973

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two 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.

    Order Now! Just $95

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 35 days left to consign to the 2017 December 7 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    With all these; friendly people, highly professional staff, superb web site makes you a winner.
    V.M.C,
    San Leandro, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $9,146,436
    2017 September 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 September 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED SO FAR $5,422,294
    2017 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $1,520,276