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MCMVII Wire Rim Twenty, MS61
Bright Yellow-Gold Surfaces

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS61 NGC. Remember that your background is your atmosphere, and part of the composition, and that the composition should extend from edge to edge of the frame.
--Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The backgrounds on the numerous bas-reliefs produced by Augustus Saint-Gaudens are certainly not busy, but they do provide subtle but effective "atmosphere" for the subject(s) depicted in the foreground. Likewise, the background of the High Relief twenty is atmospheric from rim to rim. Each side has sun rays that extend outward from the lower center of the central device. This radiant sunburst reinforces the idea of dawn, in this case the dawn of a new American century, and the rays most importantly highlight the figure of Liberty that strides toward the viewer on the obverse. This powerful figure, representative of America and the new century, is made even more prominent by the use of the high relief method of production, a process that required multiple blows from a hydraulic press to produce, but sculptural dimensionality, vibrancy, and what Saint-Gaudens termed "atmosphere" was achieved. This striding, powerful figure of Liberty is fully evident on this MS61 example. The surfaces are bright, yellow-gold with a number of small, but individually unimportant contact marks on each side, which account for the grade.
From The Harvey Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (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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