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    1921 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, AU50
    Heavily Melted Series Key

    1921 $20 AU50 PCGS. Double eagles were struck late in the year in 1921 and the coins were all held in government storage, to serve as currency reserves. Only a few examples were paid out in ordinary transactions by the Philadelphia Mint Cashier, acquired for museum collections through Mint Cabinet Curator T.L. Comparette, or obtained by private collectors from the Treasurer's Office. The great majority of the mintage remained stored in Mint or Treasury vaults until 1933, when President Roosevelt's Gold Recall was enacted. Shortly afterward, the government-held coins were melted into gold bars and stored at Fort Knox. Roger W. Burdette estimates no more than 175 examples survive today in all grades.

    The present coin is an impressive AU specimen that shows just a trace of wear on the high points of the strongly impressed design elements. The orange-gold surfaces are lightly abraded and retain considerable amounts of original mint luster. A thin scratch in the left obverse field can serve as a pedigree marker. The overall presentation is most attractive.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26G2, PCGS# 9172)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    23rd-26th Thursday-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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