Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 48

Lot 1300

1906 $20 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 66 Cameo. In NGC holder 1858221-001. Fully brilliant and untoned. Only 94 Proofs struck. A unforgettable Gem Proof with sleek, brilliant yellow-gold surfaces and beautifully mirrored fields. An ocean of mint sparkle covers each side lending a fully original appearance. The strike is typically razor-sharp (including the stars forming an arc around Liberty), and we can point to full detail behind Liberty's ear and the central reverse devices as being exceptionally complete. (Some Liberty $20 Proofs are weak in these areas.) No obvious distractions to prevent this example from attaining possibly an even finer grade designation, other than perhaps a small mark on the cheek below the lovelock curl.

With low production that rarely exceeded 100 Proofs in any one year, Proof Type 3 Liberty Double Eagles are of the maximum desirability. The impaired state of many, tied to the scarcity of corresponding business strikes in 1906, obviously enhances the attraction of this spectacular Proof 66! From an original mintage of 94, the coin presented here is one of the few genuine "cameo" Proofs available to collectors. Pop 2; none finer at NGC (PCGS # 9122) .

Diagnostic: This 1906, due to extensive polishing of the die during preparation, has the bridge of Liberty's nose weakened at the eye, a common occurrence on numerous gold Proofs, not only the double eagles.
Estimated Value $90,000 - 100,000.

Realized $92,000

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