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Bright, Satiny Gem High Relief, Wire Rim

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. A slight and inconsistent wire rim is seen on each side of this impressive Gem. Perhaps a word should be said at this point about the wire rim on High Relief Saints. The so-called Wire Rim variant is actually a result of extruded metal that squeezed between the obverse/reverse die and the collar. It is rarely seen as a uniform finish around each side. It was viewed by Mint workers in 1907 as a flaw and an impediment to the commercial usage of these coins (i.e., "they won't stack" as said by bankers of the day). The Mint responded to this criticism by striking the last 20% or so of the production run without any trace of a wire rim--the so-called Flat Rim variant of the High Relief. Since it was not considered a part of the design of the coin or even a desirable outcome by Mint officials, the wire rim is usually only partial around each side.
The surfaces on this lovely piece will reward the viewer who takes the time to view them with a magnifier. A fine-grain matte-like finish is seen in the fields and the usual faint die polishing marks are evident as well, which in turn impart much of the brightness seen from the satiny mint luster. Slightly variegated orange-gold and yellow-gold coloration is also seen over each side, and there are virtually no contact marks present. A visually interesting High Relief and a coin that will continue to interest the new owner each time he/she views it.(#9135) (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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