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Lot 3539

1926-D $20 St. Gaudens. PCGS graded MS-64. Lightly toned. Only 481,000 minted. When coin experts gather to talk about this issue, they agree that in every respect except one, the 1926-D is identical in rarity to the 1925-S. The one point in which they sometimes differ is that the 1925-S is more often found circulated whereas the 1926-D is nearly always in fresh Mint State. Today, opinion has shifted slightly to favor the 1926-D. We have been auctioning examples of this date for many years, but it is always with great interest that we bring one to you as fine and outstanding as this MS64. Only a handful of finer examples are known. The surfaces here are very choice, though not flawless, with no deep abrasions on either side. We point to a couple of tiny marks on the torch below Liberty's hand, a few on and nearby her forward-projecting knee. The eagle has virtually none. The striking details are outstanding but for the toes of Liberty and (for some reason seen on most) a weak dome of the Capitol building at the lower left. This 1926-D Saint may have left its happy home in Dr. Hesselgesser's collection, but it is sure to land in an equally appreciative collector once bidding ends. Pop 16; 7 finer, 5 in 65, 2 in 66 (PCGS # 9184) .
Estimated Value $65,000 - 70,000.
The Dr. Robert Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $66,125

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