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1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 NGC....

2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358

 
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Gem MS66 Flat Rim MCMVII Double Eagle
1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 NGC. Even though much of the original mintage was saved by collectors, after nearly 100 years most are in the lower to middle Mint State grades, or they show signs of circulation. Some were doubtless carried as pocket pieces. This was the original design essentially unchanged from Augustus Saint-Gaudens work, however, they were very difficult to produce. Each coin required five individual impressions from the coinage press to adequately bring out the design. Although beautiful coins, it was obvious this was not going to work, and the design was finally modified by Charles Barber. Difficulties ensued, and Henry Hering, who was a pupil of Saint-Gaudens, refused to approve the work. Without Hering's approval, Saint-Gaudens' widow would not be paid for his work. Apparently, Hering never did approve the design even though Barber claimed the fault was with Saint-Gaudens' original work. Hering provided evidence that this was not the case, and Mrs. Saint-Gaudens was eventually paid her due, even with the final approval.
This spectacular Gem has lovely satin luster with deep greenish yellow-gold color. The surfaces are exceptional in quality with any marks of note. Due to the spectacular preservation of this Gem, the fields show extensive die polish. This is an amazing example, and among the very finest available. Only 11 finer Flat Rim examples have been certified by both PCGS and NGC.(#9136) (Registry values: N10218) (PCGS# 9136)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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