David Akers (1975/88): Although the 1923 is widely considered to be a "common" date, it is really only deserving of that status in MS-63 or lower condition. In MS-64 condition, this issue is surprisingly difficult to locate and true gems are far more rare than all but the long time specialists in this series realize. Above the MS-65 level, the 1923 is a major rarity and I do not recall ever seeing one that I would grade a full MS-67. Other specialists have reported seeing a very few such specimens, however.
The 1923 is generally very well struck, although many, if not most, specimens are a little weak on the Capitol building and the stars beneath it. The rim is usually sharp and square, often with a partial wire edge. All specimens are fully frosty. The color is typically a light to medium orange or coppery gold. Some examples show evidence of "mounding" or die bulging beneath the topmost stars.
Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3291, $37,375 - A & A Saints Collection
Paramount “Auction '84” 7/1984:994 - David Akers - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Phillip H. Morse Saint-Gaudens Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6653, $48,875 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection (repurchased in 2007) - Heritage 1/2012:4633, $40,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection