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Classic MCMVII Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS64
High Relief, Wire Rim

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. CAC. The MCMVII High Relief double eagle has been a numismatic icon for more than a century. The issue is prized by collectors for its unique beauty and colorful story. Collectors and investors alike pursue the issue, and some numismatists who collect no other gold coins avidly seek out an example of this American classic. The present coin is an example of the Wire Rim variety, featuring a knifelike, raised fin around the edge of both sides of the coin. The rim is irregular, being higher at some points than others. This feature is common on High Reliefs, and was caused by the metal squeezed out of the dies by repeated blows of the coining press, necessary to bring up the design features. The problem was eventually solved by adjusting the milling and diameter of the planchets.
The coin offered here is fully struck, with soft satiny mint luster. The color is a subdued yellow-gold, with a milky reddish tint on the left reverse surface, around the eagle. There are no obvious contact marks, but a tiny dark speck is noted in the left obverse field.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

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December, 2009
3rd-6th
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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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