1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 PCGS. CAC....
Magnificent MS66 Example
"Once in Paris Saint-Gaudens worked obsessively on the winged allegorical figure of Victory that he had begun modeling in New York in early 1897. First, as was his custom, he sculpted the figure undraped. He used a highly sought-after artists' model, Hettie Anderson, an African American woman whom he said had 'a figure like a goddess.' Later, in Paris, he found the arrangement of the drapery for the clothed version of Victory particularly challenging, spending two weeks arranging flowing cloth on four different models to arrive at the desired swirling, windswept effect."
When a similar allegorical figure was needed for the double eagle, it proved a relatively easy task to adapt and slightly rearrange the figure of Victory and transform it into Liberty. After the wings, palm branch, and laurel crown were dropped from Victory, and a torch and an olive branch were added, the figure became the central motif seen on the obverse of the double eagle. In both cases the striding figure is dynamic and powerful. The two weeks Saint-Gaudens spent arranging the drapery gives Victory/Liberty the windswept appearance similar to that seen on Hellenistic statuary -- perfect for a coin President Roosevelt wanted modeled after the high relief pieces produced in ancient Greece.
This is a magnificent example of the latter-stage Flat Rim variant of the High Relief twenty. The surfaces exude a bright yellow-gold, satiny sheen that gently rolls around each side as the coin is angled beneath a light source. The striking details are complete in all areas, including full separation of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA from the upper reverse rim. There are, of course, no mentionable contact marks on this remarkable coin.
From The Jim O'Neal Gold Type Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (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.
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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