DESCRIPTION Stunning Choice Proof 1906 $20Just 2 Finer at CAC1906 Liberty Head Double Eagle. JD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-4+. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC.
This gorgeous Choice Proof double eagle exhibits warm, even patina in dominant golden-orange with subtle rose undertones. There is enough of a satin texture to the design elements to suggest a Cameo designation, although the deeply mirrored finish in the fields dominates the appearance. Fully struck in virtually all areas, and carefully preserved enough to border on full Gem quality. Truly superior in every respect, just 3 coins have been graded finer by PCGS in this category while only 2 are listed higher at CAC. An ideal Registry Set showpiece.
The penultimate Proof in the popular Liberty Head double eagle series, the 1906 has a mintage of 94 pieces. David W. Akers' estimate of only 40 to 50 survivors proved accurate despite being put forth in the years prior to third party certification. Even with current PCGS and NGC population data, numismatic scholars are still pretty much in agreement with Akers' original estimate. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth (2008) account for 45 to 50 coins, PCGS CoinFacts suggests 50 to 60 survivors, while John W. Dannreuther (2018) estimates 50 to 65. Regardless of the estimate, this issue is obviously rare in an absolute sense, as are all classic U.S. Mint Proof gold coins. Premium quality for the assigned grade, this upper end Proof-64 is worthy of the most accomplished cabinets.PCGS# 9122
.NGC ID: 26EU
PCGS Population: 11; 3 finer in this category (all Proof-65).
CAC Population: 2; 2 (Proof-65).Ex Larry H. Miller.