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1907 Near-Mint High Relief Twenty
Much-Scarcer Flat Rim Variety

1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim AU58 NGC. This coin shows only the slightest trace of the undesirable wire rim that Mint Director Frank Leach was so adamant about eliminating. In a letter dated December 6 to Mint Superintendent John Landis, Leach emphasized the importance of striking coins without the "burrs" seen on the edge:

"I gave explicit orders when in Philadelphia that such coins should not be delivered, and directed the man who seemed to have the coins in charge to see that the same should be gone over and the bad ones laid aside.
"I wish you to make [an] investigation and see why my instructions were not carried out, and if there was any negligence or carelessness, who is to blame ..."


Which all seems quite an overreaction today, when the Wire Rim coins are considered a collectible in their own right. This piece shows just the slightest trace of handling, resulting in a moderate dulling of the surfaces and slight friction over the high points. A few shallow handling marks are located in the upper left obverse field. Pronounced reddish patina is noted in the recesses of the design as well as around the margins. A thoroughly attractive example of this much-scarcer High Relief variant.
From The Harvey Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
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