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    Bright Yellow-Gold 1907 High Relief, MS64
    Flat Rim Variant

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS64 PCGS. It is widely believed that the figure of Liberty on Saint-Gaudens' twenty dollar gold piece was inspired by the Nike of Samothrace, a sculptural masterpiece that today rests at the top of le grand escalier in the Louvre. While this may partly be true, it is just as probable that he was influenced by a plaquette by his fellow-sculptor and friend Paul Dubois. The striding figure on the Dubois plaquette undoubtedly inspired Saint-Gaudens' own striding figures later seen on The Puritan (1883-1886) and the Sherman Monument (1892-1893).
    After his famous meeting with President Roosevelt in early 1905, by November of that same year Saint-Gaudens had developed the design for the obverse of the twenty dollar gold piece. While modifications would be made over the next two years, Saint-Gaudens knew he wanted, "a full-standing figure of Liberty striding forward as if on a mountain top." He wrote to Roosevelt that his idea, "is to make it a living thing and typical of progress." Clearly the vibrancy Saint-Gaudens wished to achieve was transmitted to these coins, as they are generally acknowledged as the most beautiful ever made.
    Each side of this lovely near-Gem Flat Rim piece displays bright, satiny mint luster. Here it is seen with most of the original bright yellow-gold color present and little of the often-seen reddish patina. Only the slightest contact marks prevent an even higher grade. An outstanding example of this scarcer High Relief variant.
    From The Carter Family Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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