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    Exceptional 1929 Double Eagle, MS65

    1929 $20 MS65 PCGS. CAC. Like many issues of this era, the 1929 double eagle was produced in large quantities with an extremely low survival rate. Nearly every one of the 1,779,750 coins was later melted, leaving a net population of just a few hundred coins.
    At one time the 1929 double eagle was considered a major rarity in the Saint-Gaudens series. With the importation of examples from overseas in recent decades, this issue is available to a wider audience. A single group of about 40 coins was discovered in England in 1984. In A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Dave Bowers writes: "For the first time in modern numismatic history the 1929 is readily available and somewhat affordable (but hardly inexpensive). Now, many collections will end with the 1929 date instead of 1928 as formerly." NGC and PCGS have certified nearly 300 submissions in all grades, but only 32 of those coins grade MS65 or finer. In the 16 years that we have tracked our auctions, we have offered 93 examples of the 1929 twenty, including six offerings of MS66 coins and 18 in MS65, including duplicate appearances of a smaller number of coins.
    This bold specimen has a sharp strike with frosty yellow and orange-gold luster. A few minuscule abrasions are evident on each side although they are of no consequence. A lovely piece, this Gem carries exceptional aesthetic appeal. Population: 22 in 65, 5 finer (9/09).
    From The Volunteer Collection.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26GL, PCGS# 9190)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2009
    22nd-24th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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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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