|Many collectors believe that the $20 St. Gaudens Gold Double Eagle is the most beautifully designed coin ever released by the U.S. Mint. It is difficult to argue against those collectors, particularly when looking at a premium example of the type with fantastic overall eye appeal as is the case with the example offered here. This 1914-D $20 St. Gaudens Gold Double Eagle has been graded MS66 by PCGS. When looking at this coin in hand, it is hard to imagine finding a better, more eye appealing example of the date. In fact, only a single example of the 1914-D $20 has ever graded higher at PCGS and that MS67 graded coin last sold nearly a decade ago for $43,125. While, the 1914-D is a common date in lower uncirculated grades, at the MS66 grade the coin is rather scarce. This MS66 graded coin has very strong luster which cartwheels around the surfaces of both sides. The color of the coin is spectacular, with bright gold color which is accented with faint hints of orange and even some greenish-gold highlights that pop when rotated under a light. The coin is very sharply struck and even the fields of the coin show some light granular texture which has been carried over from the dies. The overall effect is that the coin has the appearance of a freshly struck specimen even though it was minted a century ago. There are a few contact marks on the piece; one on the breast and one on the leg on the obverse as well as a mark above the eagle’s head on the reverse. However, the luster, color and general eye appeal of this coin dominates when viewed in hand. If you are looking for an amazing high-end St. Gaudens Double Eagle, look no further as this is the coin.
Because of the difficulty in capturing the overall look of the coin in a single image, I have also included a short high-definition video of the coin in an attempt to give you a better idea of what this coin will look like in hand. Please note that you may need to adjust the video quality to 1080p and may need to increase the size of the video to full screen in order to see the coin with maximum detail.