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MCMVII High Relief, Flat Rim, MS66
1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 NGC. Although President
Roosevelt had asked Saint-Gaudens to make designs for all of the
gold coins and the cent, the artist was only able to complete the
eagle and double eagle. Other artists would be selected to redesign
the other denominations. Saint-Gaudens was an outstanding
artist--his ability is apparent on the ten and twenty dollar
coins-but he was also a gifted teacher.
A Magnificent, Satin-Surfaced Example
While he did not redesign any of the other denominations, he profoundly influenced the artists who did, and several of them even apprenticed for him. Their work is a testament to the artistic genius of Saint-Gaudens.
Bela Lyon Pratt, the designer of the Indian Head quarter and half eagles, took classes from Saint-Gaudens, who would later become his mentor, in the late 1880s. After exhibiting his magnificent "End of the Trail" model in 1898, James Earle Fraser, who would later design the Buffalo nickel, became Saint-Gaudens' assistant and disciple for four years. Fraser would later teach Anthony de Francisci, who created the Peace dollar. Adolph A. Weinman, the designer of the Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar, also studied under Saint-Gaudens. Absent from this list are Victor D. Brenner and Hermon A. MacNeil.
It is amazing how much Saint-Gaudens affected the other artists involved in the coinage redesign in the early years of the 20th century. Despite having his life cut short by cancer, Saint-Gaudens left an indelible mark on the art and coins of this country. His own coins were last minted over three-quarters of a century ago, but their immense popularity today is evidence of the enduring nature of his work.
The three-dimensionality of Saint-Gaudens' design is powerfully evident on this satin-surfaced Gem. Each side is devoid of any noticeable surface flaws. The coin has three small alloy spots, one at 3:30 on the obverse rim, another near the 6 o'clock position on the obverse, and the third on a ray beneath the eagle on the reverse. A magnificent high grade High Relief.
From The Henry Miller Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)
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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.
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