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Jeff Garrett: Despite a much smaller mintage, the 1931–D is of similar rarity to the Philadelphia issue of the same year. It seems that none of this date was sent to European banks, but small numbers of the issue have surfaced in the States over the years. In the late 1980s I purchased a group of eight Mint State examples from an Ohio dealer. The coins all had significant bag marks and would probably grade MS 62 to MS 64 today. As mentioned earlier, these dates sold for much less in the 1980s and 1990s. I seem to remember them selling for around $25,000 each. With banks failing at an ever increasing rate in 1931, it is surprising that more individuals did not seek the safety of gold. Perhaps they did, but were compelled by the harsh language of the Act forcing Americans to turn over to all holdings of gold to the government. The Smithsonian collection contains three examples, one of which is probably the finest known and would grade at least MS 67.
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