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    Historic AU Details 1907 Flat Rim High Relief
    Given by Theodore Roosevelt to Rep. Robert Cousins

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim--Improperly Cleaned--NGC. AU Details. The 1907 High Relief twenties are intricately linked to President Theodore Roosevelt, who challenged sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign the nation's coinage. The results were spectacular and Roosevelt was justifiably proud of the coins. He considered these coins one of the great achievements of his administration and frequently gave them out as mementoes. That is the background behind this coin.
    This coin was consigned by a dealer/intermediary who represents the grandson of Robert G. Cousins. Cousins was the chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury from the 55th through the 59th Congress (1897-1907). In the 60th Congress (1907-1909) he was chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Given that the coins were struck in the fall of 1907 and the 59th Congress ended March 3, 1907, it was presumably while Cousins was chairman of the latter committee that Roosevelt presented him with this coin.
    Robert Cousins also was an eloquent (and long-winded) orator. Included with the lot are copies of speeches he delivered about three presidents who died in office: Lincoln, McKinley, and Harding. Reinforcing that people, especially presidents, are much finer in death than in life, Cousins stated in a speech that Harding "discountenanced all disorder and upheld the law and the courts of law. ... His conclusions may have differed from others, but all respected him for his integrity of purpose. They knew he was not a hypocrite, and they knew he was usually right, and that his ideals were noble." These are particularly surprising sentiments for a president who is best known today for the Teapot Dome Scandal.
    The coin presented by Roosevelt was housed in a leather pouch, which is included. Cousins' grandson played with the coin as a child, which accounts for the Improperly Cleaned appearance it has today. The surfaces are bright and hairlined, undoubtedly from having been rubbed many years ago. The rim is mostly flat with only occasional evidence of a wire rim. There are no mentionable contact marks on either side, a surprising feature for a coin that was once a child's toy. This well struck High Relief is definitely a coin with a story to tell, and fortunately today we know much of that intriguing story.(Registry values: N1)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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