1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC....
Prized High Relief Design
Popular Wire Rim Type
One unintended consequence of the complicated production process was that most coins had a high wire rim, or fin, around the edges of the coin, caused by metal extruding between the collar and the die during the repeated strikes from the press. This feature is seen on about 75% of the surviving population and it was considered detrimental at the time of issue because it made stacking the coins difficult. The dimensions and milling of the planchets were adjusted to eliminate the rim on later deliveries, but most early strikes, including the present coin, show the prominent rim. Over time, collectors have come to prize the Wire Rim type for its unique aesthetic appeal.
The present coin is a delightful Gem, with sharply detailed design elements and vibrant satiny mint luster. Swirling die polish lines are evident in the fields and the well-preserved reddish-gold surfaces show only minor signs of contact. Extraordinary eye appeal complements the high technical grade. NGC has graded 32 numerically finer examples (10/13).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)
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