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MCMVII Flat Rim High Relief, MS64
With Satiny Surfaces

1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS64 PCGS. An early sketch of Saint-Gaudens' "Striding Liberty" design for the obverse of the double eagle shows a winged figure at the top of the mountain with a torch in one hand and a shield in the other. On November 11, 1905, Saint-Gaudens described his idea to President Roosevelt:

"... on the other side some kind of a (possibly winged) figure of Liberty striding forward as if on a mountain top, holding aloft on one arm a shield bearing the stars and stripes with the word Liberty marked across the field; in the other hand perhaps a flaming torch, the drapery would be flowing in the breeze."

Before the coins were struck, Saint-Gaudens decided to simplify his design and removed the wings. Nonetheless, the resemblance between the figure on the coins and the famous Victory (Nike) of Samothrace statue is unmistakable. This sculpture, which has been on display in the Louvre since 1884, is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of the Hellenistic period.
Saint-Gaudens was inspired by the sculpture, and a rendition of Nike accompanies his statue of General Sherman in New York's Central Park. This design would later be refined for use on the double eagle. Further modifications were to follow, the final one being the elimination of the wire rim, considered by the Mint to be a production flaw. On this piece very little of the wire rim remains and the coin is almost a complete Flat Rim. The satiny surfaces show only one grade-limiting mark, located near the rim at 9 o'clock on the obverse.(Registry values: N7079) (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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