There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.

1907 $20 High Relief PR65 NGC....

2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452

Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Nov 7, 2007
Item Activity: 5 Internet/mail/phone bidders
3,550 page views
Location: Dallas, TX
Lovely Gem Proof MCMVII Wire Rim High Relief
1907 $20 High Relief PR65 NGC. A recent item by Carl Honore in E-sylum, the electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, prompted interesting augmentations and discussions in the subsequent issue (volume 10, number 37, Sept. 16, 2007) concerning high relief coins. Far from being the nation's first high relief coinage, the Saint-Gaudens High Relief double eagles were an artistic reawakening of a tried-but-untrue numismatic production method.
John Dannreuther writes: "Our first high relief coinage was for our most diminutive gold coin--the gold dollar.
"In 1849, [designer James B.] Longacre used concave fields (convex dies) for the obverse for the first gold dollars (the reverse dies were normal, flat field types). (The 1849 gold dollar is also the first US regular issue coin to have the date in the master die.) The original high relief, concave fields 1849 gold dollars (the No 'L' and the first 'L' variety had concave fields) were abandoned because of reverse die breakage. The stress on the reverse (anvil) dies required a change to flat fields for both sides. The double eagle prepared later in the year was also first prepared with slightly concave obverse fields, which were changed for the 1850 regular issue. The complaint that the double eagle would not stack was false, but the lesson Longacre learned with the breaking of the reverse dies for the gold dollars undoubtedly resulted in his changing the double eagle dies."
Dannreuther goes on to point out that, after the production of the High Relief double eagles at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, both the "Mercury" dime and Walking Liberty half dollar also employed slightly concave fields, although he consider those types not to be truly high relief.
The characteristics of the proof Saint-Gaudens High Reliefs are well documented and need not be repeated here. Suffice it to say that the sharpness of the berries, Liberty's toes, the eagle's rear feather tips, and many other details confirm this lovely piece's status as a proof striking. The beautiful antique-gold surfaces assume deeper hues of amber-gold on the device highpoints.
(PCGS# 9132)

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

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.

Order Now! Just $95

Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
or Join (free & quick)
Price Guide
or Join (free & quick)
Population Guide
or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image

Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
sold in the last year
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
Only 17 days left to consign to the 2015 September 16 - 22 LB Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!
Learn About Consigning With Us
Your entire organization deserves to be complimented on how professional and cooperative they were.
San Jose, CA receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit:
2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $16,999,788
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,505,243
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191
You could win!
Take the Survey