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1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU55 NGC....

2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 17, 2008
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Location: Rosemont, IL
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Pleasing Choice AU 1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU55 NGC. The frequency with which High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagles trade on the open market may give a misleading impression about how elusive pleasing pieces can be. David Akers wrote of the Wire Rim variant of this issue: "The plentiful auction records for the Wire Rim would seem to indicate that it is one of the half dozen most common issues in the entire series."
Of course, the famously low mintage for High Relief pieces belies this impression. This Wire Rim coin shows a prominent fin around much of the obverse. Its lemon-gold and peach surfaces retain essentially intact luster, though Liberty's figure and the uppermost parts of the eagle's wing and breast show slight evidence of wear. Small, scattered marks in the fields suggest that this coin may have been carried as a pocket piece. A pleasing, comparatively affordable example of this numismatic icon.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

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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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