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    1930-S Double Eagle, MS63
    Among the Rarest Saint-Gaudens Twenties

    1930-S $20 MS63 NGC. CAC. The 1930-S Saint-Gaudens double eagle is among the rarest and most sought-after issues in the series; it is rarer than the elusive 1921 and the 1931 through 1932 issues, and is only overshadowed by the exceedingly rare 1927-D and the legendary 1933. The San Francisco Mint struck just 74,000 examples of the 1930-S, and not only was the attrition rate unusually high, but quantities of this issue likely also met their demise in the massive gold coin melting that took place in the mid-1930s. Survival estimates vary; Jeff Garret suggests fewer than 100 examples are extant, though the PCGS website pegs the total number known to be between just 50 and 75 coins. Garrett and Guth, in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, write:

    "Mercifully for collectors, most of those known are Uncirculated, and the majority are very nice, grading MS64 or finer. Most show typical sharp strikes with beveled rims and blazing luster. Those that did survive were likely held by American coin collectors or dealers, and it is almost certain that none were shipped overseas from this Western mint."

    NGC reports having certified only 19 examples in all grades, five of which are in MS63, and 15 of which are numerically finer (6/14); PCGS reports an additional 48 representatives in all grades, but even these small figures are likely inflated by a number of resubmissions.
    This frosty, honey-gold example is exceptionally well-preserved for the grade, with seemingly no abrasions that would readily bar it from a near-Gem grade. In addition to smooth features, both sides display an exactness of strike that confirms the 1930-S to be one of the more carefully produced S-mint issues in this series. An interesting horizontal die scratch is noted in the right obverse field, and there are several small, raised lumps within the last digit in the date, features which are diagnostic to most extant 1930-S double eagles. Overall, this is a highly attractive representative of this seldom-seen San Francisco issue. Housed in a prior generation holder.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2001), lot 7446; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 3276.
    From The Christopher Bently Nob Hill Collection.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26GM, PCGS# 9191)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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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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