1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS65 PCGS....
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In the sale of the Keel, Griswold, and Johnson Collections (Henry Chapman, 2/1908), both varieties of the High Relief twenty were offered, illustrating how soon the difference was recognized. Lot 619 of the sale reads in part, "1907 1st issue, with the high or 'Wire Edge.' Uncirculated. Mint lustre. In great demand, selling now at $35 to $45." Lot 620 reads, "1907 $20 second issue, the same as last with the edge smooth made by using a flattening collar. Uncirculated. Mint lustre. In great demand, selling now at $35 to $40." Notice Chapman believed a different collar was used to efface the wire rim feature. It is also interesting to observe that the Wire Rim variety was selling for a slightly higher price than the Flat Rim in 1908.
The present coin is a magnificent specimen, fully struck, with bright, satiny luster. The surfaces are a pleasing yellow, with an even layer of reddish patina on each side. The surfaces are essentially pristine. PCGS has graded 47 finer Flat Rim coins (6/10).(Registry values: N7079) (PCGS# 9136)
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