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    1911-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS67+
    Tied for Finest Certified at PCGS
    Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price

    1911-D $20 MS67+ PCGS. Ex: Fox-Price. From a mintage of 846,500 pieces, the 1911-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle is surprisingly available in high grade today. The coins were all struck in the first half of the year, before the fiscal year ended in June. Roger W. Burdette estimates as many as 415,000 examples may have been used in foreign trade with Europe and Latin America, escaping the wholesale melting that wiped out the later issues of the series, after the Gold Recall of 1933. Thousands of these coins were repatriated in later years, after restrictions on gold imports were relaxed in 1972. Burdette believes approximately 25,000 examples of the 1911-D are extant, making it the most available branch mint issue of the early series in today's market. The 1911-D is readily available in all grades through the MS65 level, and even MS66-graded coins can be found with a little patience. It seems likely that a large group of several thousand coins was held untouched in the original bags and repatriated from Central America in recent times, accounting for the high percentage of coins that are graded MS65, or better. The population drops off precipitously at the MS67 level, and the present coin is tied with the Morse-Duckor-Simpson example for the title of finest certified at PCGS (8/19).

    The present coin traces its history to the fabulous collection of Dr, Thaine B. Price, one of the foremost collections of Saint-Gaudens coinage of all time. In his 1998 catalog of that collection, David Akers described this coin in lot 87 as:

    "A boldly struck specimen with full mint luster and extremely attractive color, a medium yellow and orange gold with one copper toning spot (not carbon) on the leaves of the olive branch. The surfaces of the coin are extremely clean with virtually pristine fields and only a few minute bagmarks and lines on the figure of Liberty; there are also a couple of really trivial marks hidden in the eagle's feathers."

    Akers went on to compare this coin to the magnificent Eliasberg specimen of the 1910-S double eagle he had described in lot 84 of the Price catalog, finding the two examples to be of equal quality, a mark of distinction for any coin. This spectacular Plus-graded Superb Gem will be an upgrade to all but one collection or PCGS Registry Set of Saint-Gaudens double eagles. Population: 11 in 67 (2 in 67+), 0 finer (8/19).
    Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 87; Rollo Fox Collection. Pictured on PCGS CoinFacts.

    David Akers (2008) Comments:
    The 1911-D is one of the most plentiful issues in the entire Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle series. Examples are available in quantity in all Mint State grades up to and including MS65. Even MS66 coins can only be considered scarce. Superb Gems, while rare in an absolute sense, are more plentiful than those of any other pre-1920 issue in this series with the exception of the 1908 No Motto.
    From The Rollo Fox Collection of $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold. (NGC ID# 26FK, PCGS# 9158)

    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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