1907 $20 High Relief PR65 NGC....
Unbeknownst to novice collectors, the mint also struck an unknown, but very limited number of proof High Relief Double Eagles for presentation purposes. These coins display a satin finish, and two die varieties are known. Each of these die pairs was also coupled with a distinct collar. This particular coin does not display a small spine from the L in LIBERTY, and, as such, we assume that it was struck from the collar that displays uneven bases on the M in UNUM. (Of course, the NGC holder precludes confirmation of this.) This is Breen variety 2-D, Collar II.
An impressive coin in all regards, both sides are remarkably hairline-free. There are numerous die striations in the fields, but we stress that this feature is diagnostic of this issue. Both sides display a warm, honey-gold sheen that accents the uncommonly sharp striking detail. For pedigree purposes, we mention a couple of contact marks in the reverse field above the sun and below the eagle's leg.(#9132) (PCGS# 9132)
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