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MCMVII High Relief, PR63
Rarely Seen Proof Striking

1907 $20 High Relief PR63 NGC. The exceptionally strong strike on this piece is just one of several characteristics that distinguish this piece as a proof. The pillars on the Capitol building are fully delineated and the letters at the top of the reverse are completely separated from the nearby rim. In addition to the extraordinary sharpness seen on proofs, other characteristics include: sharp inner borders on each side, all berries are rounded, no trace of die erosion, numerous bold die polishing lines on both sides in a swirling pattern (more pronounced than on business strikes), uniformly satiny surfaces, and a build-up of metal just inside both borders most likely caused by the extreme compression from the additional strikes on proofs.
This example displays all the required characteristics. The satiny surfaces are bright and show occasional, scattered handling marks. The most obvious contact mark is located between the eagle's upper wing and the O in DOLLAR. Proof High Reliefs are second only to Ultra High Reliefs in order of importance to collectors, and like the Ultra High Reliefs they most accurately reflect the design intentions of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. (NGC ID# 28AX, 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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