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MCMVII Wire Rim High Relief Twenty, MS65
'More Beautiful Than Any Coins Since the Days of the Greeks'

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 ★ NGC. The High Relief twenties of 1907 have endured in popularity among collectors since they were issued. Eighty years later the obverse design was resurrected for gold bullion coins, and they have remained in production ever since. While the design embodied Augustus Saint-Gaudens' ideals of what a classic American coin should look like, the role of Theodore Roosevelt cannot be overlooked. As Roger Burdette pointed out in his address to the ANS in October 2009, Roosevelt was a collector of many things. He collected artists, sculptors, big game trophies, and in fact, trophies of all kinds. One could argue that everything Theodore Roosevelt did was related to the enhancement of image. As president, he saw the opportunity to enhance the nation's image through its coinage. He seized that opportunity and opened the door for other sculptors and artists outside the Mint to submit coinage designs. In his memoirs, Roosevelt spoke of adopting those new coins as one of the important achievements of his administration. His day-to-day concern about the designs and their execution is clear in the correspondence between himself and Saint-Gaudens, letters reproduced in numerous books and periodicals since 1920. His pride in the coins was probably best expressed in a note to Saint-Gaudens where he wrote that they were "more beautiful than any coins since the days of the Greeks."

This is a amazing coin and one that exemplifies why Theodore Roosevelt was so proud of these coins. The mint luster swirls around each side and has more of a frosted appearance than the usual satiny surface. The wire rim is complete around each side and in this case is high enough to act as a framing device for the interior tondo design. Strong magnification shows a few tiny contact marks in the right obverse field, but one has to look hard to find them. An exceptional quality High Relief.
Ex: Fort Worth Signature (Heritage, 3/2010), lot 2721.(Registry values: N7079) (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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