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    1930-S Double Eagle, AU Details
    A Late-Date Series Key

    1930-S $20 -- Polished, Improperly Cleaned -- NCS. AU Details. The 1930-S is a significant rarity in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, second in overall rarity of regular issues only to the 1927-D. While the limited mintage of 74,000 pieces may play a part in its elusiveness, the real reason for its rarity is that most pieces were melted. Information obtained from the mint in the 1940s by Dr. Charles W. Green, a New York collector, indicates that only 3,250 pieces were "put out" or distributed. Even the vast majority of these were apparently melted as the PCGS website estimates that only 50 to 75 specimens are known. Other estimates of survivors include those by Walter Breen (1988) that "possibly 25 survive", David Bowers (2004) that 43 to 66 pieces are known, and Jim Halperin, et al., in the Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens that "probably no more than 40-45 individual coins survive in all grades." Only 69 examples of the 1930-S double eagle have been certified by the major certification services, many of which are in MS64 and MS65. This is not a high-grade example of this important rarity, but it is a more affordable entry-level coin for many collectors. As stated, the surfaces are bright from polishing and improper cleaning. Only slight traces of high-point friction are noticeable over the devices. Minimally abraded.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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