1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR

1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR
1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR 1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR 1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR 1906 1-oz Silver Barber Double Eagle NGC Gem PR
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222105

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
Country United States
Composition Silver
Condition
Proof
A specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail and usually with a mirror-like surface. Proof refers to the method of manufacture and is not a condition. Proof coins are struck on specially-made planchets using polished dies. Proof coins are minted primarily for collectors and are not released for general circulation.
Grade
GEM
Coins with a grade of Gem Uncirculated undergo a rigorous inspection and certification process without the assignment of a numeric grade on the Sheldon scale. This certification means that your coin is the product of a superb strike that, at the very most, has only moderate marks or hairlines. Coins with this classification are considered to be of higher overall quality than Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins.
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
Sunshine Mint
In 1892, South Africa's first state mint in Pretoria opened to transform massive amounts of recently discovered gold into coins, rather than having to export the bullion for production abroad. This experience served the country well in 1967 when it introduced the immediately popular Krugerrand, the world’s first modern legal-tender gold bullion coin. In addition to minting the Krugerrand, the South Africa Mint also produces the acclaimed Natura Gold Series -- believed by many to feature the most beautiful wildlife coins ever minted.
Coin Weight 31.1 Grams - g
Dimensions 38.1mm
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