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1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 NGC. CAC....

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 3, 2012
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Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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1907 High Relief Twenty, MS62
Wire Rim Variant
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 NGC. CAC. In his comment on the figure of Liberty that leads General Sherman in the Sherman Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens stated: "An allegorical treatment, besides being much superior in artistic beauty, leaves a greater scope for the imagination, thereby allowing a fuller and more satisfactory result."
The figure of Liberty from the Sherman was undoubtedly the inspiration for the sculptor's figure of Liberty used on the High Relief double eagle. However, rather than being a part of a grouping, as Liberty is seen in the Sherman Memorial, on the High Relief twenty it is detached and a character in its own right. This detachment allows the viewer to give full attention to the central device on the obverse, and the technique of striking the coins in high relief further enhances the importance of the forward-striding figure of Liberty. The satiny surfaces display a few small contact marks on each side, which explain the grade, the most obvious of which are located near the reverse rim at 9 o'clock. The natural bright yellow-gold color of the coin has taken on only a slight tinge of reddish patina.(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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