The 1926-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle claims a more than adequate mintage of 481,000 pieces, but the issue is much more elusive than the production total suggests. In fact, the 1926-D was considered one of the rarest issues of the series when collecting double eagles first became popular, in the 1940s. Most of the mintage was held in Mint or Treasury vaults to serve as currency reserves until the Gold Recall of 1933 took effect. The coins in government storage were all melted and stored as gold bars at the Fort Knox Bullion Depository afterward. Fortunately, some of the coins were used to settle accounts in foreign trade before the Recall. A number of specimens were repatriated from foreign holdings after World War II, increasing the small supply for collectors. The 1926-D remains a scarce issue, however, especially in high grade. Roger W. Burdette estimates the surviving population at about 600 examples in all grades.
Listed at $24,000 in the CDN CPG and $30,000 in the PCGS price guide.
Offered at $22,900
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