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1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR
The Biggest "What If?" in Numismatic History!
This commemorative piece represents one of the biggest "what ifs?" in numismatic history! It's a special one-ounce Gem Proof struck to the exact design of U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber's entry in the informal competition for the design of the 1907 Gold Double Eagle. As many know, famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his remarkable design won, thanks in no small part to his friendship with President Teddy Roosevelt. Charles Barber's pattern was completed in the fall of 1906, and the only known pattern piece resides in the Smithsonian. So why did the president reject Barber's design? And, why wasn't Barber's pattern destroyed as it likely should have been? We may never know. However, had Barber's design won, we might be talking about $20 "Barbers" instead of $20 "Saints." Officially authorized by the Smithsonian Institution and authenticated by NGC, this special-edition proof comes in one ounce of 99.99% fine silver or gold.
|Year of Issue||1906|
|Coin Weight||31.1 Grams - g|