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1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS65 PCGS....

2014 July 10 - 13 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando #1207

 
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Auction Ended On: Jul 10, 2014
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Location: Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
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1907 High Relief Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS65
Exceptional Flat Rim Representative
1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS65 PCGS. The thin golden fin (or "wire rim") commonly seen on earlier High Relief double eagles was considered nothing less than a major defect by the Mint. Using suggestions made by Director Leach (based on his years of working with gold at San Francisco), the Philadelphia Mint changed the way they milled the coin blanks, allowing coins to be struck with almost no fin. The product of these alterations was met with full approval from Roosevelt: "The President was greatly pleased with the sample of the lot now being struck off on the Medal press."

Ultimately, cost and low productivity prevented more extensive coining of the High Relief version. According to Roger Burdette, approximately one-third of the 12,367 pieces struck were of the fin-less variety.

This is a magnificent, Gem example of the Flat Rim variant. The surfaces showcase thick, satiny mint luster and are sharply defined, as one would expect from a coin that was struck at least three times with a hydraulic press. The MS65 grade, of course, precludes any noticeable or mentionable contact marks. Simply magnificent quality and eye appeal.
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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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