1899 $20, DC PR (PCGS# 99115)
The June 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4429
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An impressive specimen that bespeaks a finer grade in-hand; magnified examination will do little to alter your first impression. Deep orange-gold surfaces exhibit boldly frosted devices and deep mirror fields in broad contrast to each other. The strike is needle-sharp, and the eye appeal is nothing short of spectacular, especially given the grade. Rich orange-peel surface quality is noted, heaviest at the peripheries, a desirable trait of these big gold pieces when presented in the Proof format. Far fewer than the 84 Proofs of the date struck can be accounted for today, with several specimens in institutional holdings, and with others, of course, in world-class collections. Indeed, a coin such as the present piece, a true beauty to behold, could elevate your collection to world-class status with one successful bid.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br />
The term <em>rare</em> seems to be <em>common</em> when it comes to great classics in our June Baltimore Auction. What a gathering of eagles, so to speak -- oops, I mean double eagles. Consider the possibilities.