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Gem 1927-D Highlights Incredible Collection of Saint Gaudens from the Rollo Fox to be Auctioned by Heritage Auctions
Published on January 7, 2020
One of the finest extant collections of Saint Gaudens $20 double eagles is under the hammer at this week's FUN show. All the key dates are present, many with CAC stickers.
One of the outstanding featured collections in our January 8-12 FUN Auction of US Coins is The Rollo Fox Collection of $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold, featuring the legendary rarity 1927-D double eagle, graded MS65+ by PCGS, with CAC certification.
This is by no means the only outstanding coin in the collection. As Mr. Fox explains, I began collecting gold coins in 2005 when I purchased a few PCGS graded Saint-Gaudens double eagles as bullion coins. I had no plan to put together a collection, but as I filled boxes of Saints the collecting bug got its teeth into me, and I began to look for different dates and mintmarks among my bullion stash. I added a few of the tougher dates, but in lower grades as my budget allowed. The accumulation grew into the beginnings of a set of Saints.
I was introduced to the world of serious Saint-Gaudens collectors by Dr. Steve Duckor, who became my friend and mentor. Steve reviewed my collection and made firm but fair observations and recommendations. My collection grew and improved, with help from many fine dealers. Steve was always there to advise and encourage me. Thank you, Steve.
I didn't dream I could ever complete a set of Saints, but I continued to search for ever-nicer coins. Many of the original coins were replaced by upgrades three or four times. I was extremely fortunate to win a bidding war in 2014, when I acquired my famous 1927-D. This coin is pedigreed all the way back to the 1940s, when dealer Jim Kelly sold the coin to Mr. Lima. It resided for almost a quarter of a century in the famous Duckor Collection. My set was now complete, but certainly not finished. Reviewing my notes for this auction, I discovered that I had upgraded more than 30 coins in the set AFTER I purchased the 1927-D.
I am proud to have been the guardian of these beautiful coins for a short period of time. More than 40 of the 53 double eagles are either CAC-certified, finest-known, or tied for finest-known. They all belong in great collections. Enjoy them as much as I have. Mr. Fox plans to use the proceeds of this auction to build a retirement home for show jumper horses, where they can be cared for long after their careers are over.
Just a few of the additional highlights of this collection include:
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS67 PCGS. CAC
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS67 PCGS. CAC
- 1920-S $20 MS64 PCGS
- 1921 $20 MS63+ PCGS
- 1925-S $20 MS65 PCGS. CAC
- 1927-S $20 MS66+ PCGS. CAC
- 1930-S $20 MS66 PCGS
- 1931 $20 MS65+ PCGS. CAC
- 1931-D $20 MS65+ PCGS. CAC
- 1932 $20 MS66 PCGS
Bid on these coins and the rest of the January 8-12 FUN Signature Auction at coins.HA.com!
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