1907 $20 NGC PR67 Cameo JD-1. R.5.
The Philadelphia Mint struck Liberty double eagles for the last time in 1907, when a substantial mintage of more than 1.4 million business-strike examples was produced, accompanied by a modest total of 78 proofs for collectors. The proof mintage was the smallest regular proof production since 1898. It was also the final year of the brilliant proof finish that was prized so highly by contemporary collectors. There is a slight discrepancy in the proof delivery records, which show the proofs were delivered in quarterly batches of 35, 18, 2, and 21 pieces, for a total of 76 coins, two less than the official mintage figure. A single pair of dies was used to strike the proofs. The proof reverse die shows a clear polished area in the scroll at PLU of PLURIBUS that makes it possible to differentiate between proofs and prooflike business strikes. The design elements on the 1907 proofs show more mint frost than other issues from this time period, and examples with Cameo and Deep Cameo surfaces are seen more frequently. This delightful Superb Gem proof is tied with one similarly graded specimen at PCGS for finest-certified honors (7/23). Razor-sharp definition is evident on all the design elements and the virtually flawless yellow-gold surfaces include gorgeous deeply mirrored fields that contrast boldly with the frosty devices. A few spots of orange-gold patina in the left obverse field act as pedigree markers. Overall eye appeal is terrific and breathless. This coin is a Registry Set essential. Census: 1 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (6/23).