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    1913-D Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS66+
    Tied for Finest Certified
    Ex: Browning-Duckor

    1913-D $20 MS66+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Fox-Duckor-Browning. The 1913-D twenty dollar is another well-produced issue from early in the series, one that generally shows excellent luster over sharply struck surfaces. Denver Mint coins of this era generally have those criteria in common; however, Denver and the other branch mints skipped striking double eagles in 1912, so that the 1911-D and 1910-D issues are the D-mint products immediately preceding the 1913-D. Only 393,500 examples of the 1913-D were reportedly struck, yet today examples below the Gem grade are fairly obtainable. Many of the earlier Saint-Gaudens issues such as the 1913-D avoided the mass meltings that many later dates saw by being exported to Europe or Latin America, only to be repatriated over the ensuing decades.

    The PCGS population in MS66 currently stands at eight submissions for the 1913-D, including this single example in MS66+. Similarly, NGC lists only one coin in MS66+, with 11 specimens in MS66 (8/19). We suspect those 20 certification events include a number of resubmissions and crossovers. Of course, as the single-finest certified example at PCGS, the present coin would upgrade every one of the top 10 PCGS Registry Sets. This Plus-graded Premium Gem displays medium yellow-gold surfaces complementing small glints of copper-gold in the recesses. The strike is sharp even though not quite complete, with a bit of bluntness on Liberty's nose. A few scattered shallow contact marks on the rays are in keeping with the grade and not distracting. The reverse is virtually flawless, save for a single dig on the eagle's midsection. Overall eye appeal is terrific. This coin is pictured on the PCGS CoinFacts website. Population: 8 in 66 (1 in 66+), 0 finer (8/19).
    Ex: H. Jeff Browning; Dallas Bank Collection (Sotheby's/Stack's, 10/2001), lot 172; David Hall; Dr. and Mrs. Steven Duckor Collection (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4620; Rollo Fax Collection.

    David Akers (2012) Comments (from PCGS CoinFacts):
    Overall, the 1913-D is less rare than either the 1910-D or the 1914-D, but the difference is rather minimal. However, in gem condition, I find the 1913-D to be considerably more rare than either of those issues, perhaps two to three times as rare. Most 1913-D double eagles are heavily bagmarked although, in MS-63, this issue is still quite easy to find. In MS-64, the population drops off dramatically and gems are really very scarce, if not rare. The few superb MS-67 examples I have seen of this issue have all been the satiny variety. I consider this issue to be quite underrated, but only in top grade. There are two distinctly different surface finishes on this issue. The most common by far is 'soft' frosty with some granularity, but there are also some that are very satiny. The latter appear to be quite a bit more rare. The typical 1913-D is very sharply struck, and the lustre is generally average or slightly above average for the series. (The satiny specimens are very lustrous.) Color is usually quite good, light to medium orange or coppery gold being standard. A few also have greenish gold highlights.
    From The Rollo Fox Collection of $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold. (Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26FP, PCGS# 9162)

    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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