1926-D Double Eagle, MS63
1926-D $20 MS63 PCGS. CAC. The 1926-D is one of the most
challenging issues in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series thanks
to the gold meltings of the 1930s. In the 1930s and 1940s it was
considered to be extremely rare with fewer than 10 pieces known,
but over time examples were discovered in overseas bank vaults.
Still, NGC and PCGS report a combined population of only 281 coins
-- a minuscule figure compared to tens of thousands for other dates
in this series (1/14). The 1926-D remains a very scarce coin.
Semikey Issue, Sharp and Attractive
Reddish-gold patina drapes the surfaces of this attractive representative. Scattered grade-defining abrasions are seen on both sides, but none are particularly bothersome. We do note some striking softness, most notably on the Capitol building. Sweeping luster amid thick mint frost on both sides enhances the eye appeal.
From The Fidelis Collection.
Ex: Beverly Hills Signature (Heritage, 11/2011), lot 4537, where it brought $25,300.00(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26GE, PCGS# 9184)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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