Handsome honey-rose patina greets the viewer from both sides of this smartly impressed, softly frosted piece. With no sizeable or otherwise singularly distracting abrasions, the technical quality of this coin is superior in a Select Mint State double eagle of the popular Saint-Gaudens design type.
The 1926-D issue is on par with the rarity of the 1925-D double eagle, and these rank 11th and 12th rarest in terms of availability for this series respectively. The rarest coins in this series include three issues that are virtually unobtainable, the 1907 Ultra High Relief, the 1927-D and the 1933 issues. Given the rarity of the 1926-D, a collector can begin to grasp how challenging the Saint-Gaudens series is to collect. PCGS in their years of certifying coins, reports a total of 183 grading events for wholesome 1926-D double eagles. That's certainly not many to go around considering the number of collectors out there seeking an example of each date and mint. This Choice example would make a worthy acquisition for the advanced Saint-Gaudens specialist.