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High Relief, Wire Rim 1907 Twenty Dollar
An Accessible AU55 Example

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU55 NGC. The image of an artist sitting alone in a studio laboring to complete the coinage designs is often an inaccurate one. Augustus Saint-Gaudens perfected the workshop system, hiring skilled artisans to complete the work he began. As a result, it is often tricky to attribute a work solely to Saint-Gaudens. For instance, all the devices on the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces had motifs borrowed from previous works.
Some of this borrowing was from his own work, such as the head of Nike or Liberty on the ten dollar gold piece. Other pieces had more obscure origins. The obverse of the twenty dollar coin was apparently inspired by a plaquette done decades before by his sculptor-friend Paul Dubois, and the reverse of the double eagle came directly from the Flying Eagle cent, a coin Saint-Gaudens greatly admired. Once the sculptor and the president decided upon a design, it was up to Henry Hering to be the technician who executed the final product.
And what a product it was! Even lightly worn, as this example is, the majesty of the vision shines through. Still-lustrous fields are lightly abraded but otherwise well-protected, and the detail on the yellow-gold devices is remarkable. An accessible representative of this important issue.(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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