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1907 $20 High Relief PR61 NGC....

2011 November 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #1161

 
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1907 High Relief Twenty, PR61
Rarely Seen Proof Striking
1907 $20 High Relief PR61 NGC. The proof status of some 1907 High Relief double eagles continues to be debated among numismatists more than a century after the coins were issued. Only NGC recognizes certain pieces as proofs, while PCGS defaults all High Reliefs to Mint State status. It seems certain that proofs were struck; Charles Barber's estate is purported to have contained seven examples and both Walter Breen and Robert Loewinger -- authorities on the subject of proof gold coinage -- defined the unique characteristics exhibited by proofs. The standards employed by NGC to determine proof status are reprinted in our August 11, 2010 sale. Proofs are extremely rare, and although the exact mintage is unknown, it could not have been more than a couple hundred.
The surfaces of this specimen are bright with just a hint of reddish patina. There are a few small grade-limiting handling marks on both sides. The strike is full, as one would expect from a proof High Relief. A nice example of this always-popular and highly elusive issue. (PCGS# 9132)

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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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