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1907 Wire Rim Ten, MS65
Original, Subtly Patinated Surfaces

1907 $10 Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. When Augustus Saint-Gaudens had an artistic idea that worked, he would often slightly modify and reuse it on other commissions. On the ten dollar gold piece, the head of Liberty is a direct descendent of the allegorical female figure from the Victory on the Sherman Monument. The second generation of the Victory, a small-sized reduction of the head only, is actually based on an earlier, unused study for the head. This is the famous NIKE-EIPHNH (Victory-Peace) bust that was cast between 1892 and 1903. By turning the head of Victory to the side and placing it in a circle, it became his figure for Liberty on the ten dollar gold piece. President Roosevelt made the most significant design modification when he suggested the sculptor replace the laurel wreath with an Indian warbonnet, and then the transformation was complete.
The reverse was almost a complete lift from the special 1905 Roosevelt Inaugural Medal. The eagle on the reverse was based on the ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic eagle. That medal gives equal billing to both Saint-Gaudens and Adolph Weinman (who actually designed the reverse of the medal). The same Ptolemaic eagle was then transferred to the reverse of the ten dollar gold piece, again with only minor modifications.
The surfaces on this piece are worthy of close examination. The original bright yellow-gold has taken on subtle accents of rose and lilac that one sees when the coin is closely examined. The brightness mentioned was created by the swirling die polish lines, an inherent part of the finish on all Wire Rim tens. There are no singularly mentionable contact marks on either side of this Gem, just a few tiny, undistracting abrasions.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 268B, PCGS# 8850)

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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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