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    1907 High Relief Twenty, MS62
    Scarcer Flat Rim Variety

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS62 PCGS. John Dryfhout described the effect of the many bas-reliefs produced by Augustus Saint-Gaudens over the course of his career:

    " ... the figure appears to rise out of the background, as if it had grown or emerged from there. His surfaces undulate, being raised and lowered, with much texture, capturing the play of light and shadow."



    Notice how similar his description of Saint-Gaudens' bas-reliefs is to the effect we see on the 1907 twenty dollar gold piece, struck in high relief. All the same visual and textural elements are present on each. In each case, the reliefs display a vitality that is undeniable. The deep, incised lines of the drapery on the figure of Liberty is realistic, but not overstated. It is this lifelike quality that seems to have "grown or emerged" from the background of the coin that gives the High Relief twenty its enduring popularity with collectors.

    The Flat Rim variant of the High Relief double eagle was the second, corrected version. After a second warning from the Mint Director, the die faces and collar were adjusted to minimize the fin, or so-called Wire Rim. The Flat Rim twenties are several times scarcer than their Wire Rim counterparts and were struck for a much shorter time period (basically just the month of December). This piece exhibits satiny yellow-gold surfaces and bold design definition. Faint surface marks determine the grade but none are individually significant.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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