Historic Double Eagle Gold Coin Sold For Record Price By North American Certified Trading An extremely rare 1927-D $20 U.S. gold coin, designed by acclaimed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, was purchased by a collector from North American Certified Trading for "in excess of $1.9 million."
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - (Irvine, California) -- A rare 79-year old gold coin that was exhibited at the United States Mint in Philadelphia during the 1976 Bicentennial, has been sold for "in excess of $1.9 million" by North American Certified Trading (N.A.C.T), a division of Spectrum Numismatics (an Escala Group Company, NASDAQ: ESCL).
The buyer of the coin is described as "an anonymous East Coast collector," according to Andrew Glassman, President of N.A.C.T.
The historic gold piece is one of the finest of the approximately 15 known surviving examples of the 180,000 $20 denomination "Double Eagles" minted in 1927 at the Denver Mint.
The coin's beautiful design, depicting "Miss Liberty" holding a torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other, was created in the early 1900s by acclaimed sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt. Collectors today often describe this popular coinage series simply as "Saints" in reference to Saint-Gaudens.
"Time and again over my 15 years in the numismatic marketplace I've seen how the true rarities continue to gain value over the years. Numismatic history has been made; this is the highest price ever paid for a 1927-D Saint, in excess of $1.9 million," Glassman said.
The 1927-D Double Eagle was certified authentic and graded gem-quality Mint State-66 (on a 70-point scale) by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
Earlier, the coin was owned for decades by Baltimore, Maryland banker, Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. (1896 - 1976), the only person to ever assemble a complete collection of United States coins. Selected items from his fabled collection, including this coin, were displayed at the Philadelphia Mint as part of the Bicentennial celebration.
In addition to its pedigree from the legendary Eliasberg Collection, the coin also was previously owned by another prominent collector, Fred C.C. Boyd, a mid-20th century New York City news media executive.
"The 1927-D 'Saint' was very exciting for us to place in the collection of one our customers. This is one of the all-time rare coins of the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle series, and the buyer is delighted to now own this historic gold piece," said Gene Nesheim, N.A.C.T Sales Manager.
In his reference book, "A Handbook of 20th Century United States Gold Coins, 1907 - 1933," author David Akers stated: "It is difficult to pick out one piece as the 'finest;' but that accolade most likely should go to the Eliasberg specimen."
The 1927-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle is widely regarded as the rarest regular-issue 20th century United States gold coin that can be owned legally. Federal records indicate the Denver Mint struck 180,000 Double Eagles in 1927, but the Great Depression resulted in most of those being melted.
In order to help alleviate the effects of this financial crisis in American history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the Gold Recall Act in March of 1933. By the terms of this act, the President banned all further gold releases by the United States Mint. Those coins still on hand at that time, including almost the entire mintage