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MCMVII High Relief Twenty, PR63
Subdued Satiny Surfaces

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim PR63 NGC. Proof High Relief twenties remain a controversial issue; NGC recognizes them, PCGS does not. The main criteria used by NGC for determination of proof status is listed on page 77 of Robert Loewinger's reference Proof Gold Coinage of the United States. This piece displays uncommon sharpness of details when compared to other High Relief twenties, absence of die erosion or distortion, and uniform satiny surfaces. The satin finish on this particular piece is slightly subdued, unlike the brightness seen on other pieces, especially non-proof strikings. A few contact marks distinguish this example from others, including: a couple of near-horizontal contact marks below the torch on the obverse, and three short, parallel marks above the sun on the reverse. The surfaces show a light green-gold color with just a hint of reddish patina. (NGC ID# 28AX, PCGS# 9132)

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25th-29th
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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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