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    1907 High Relief, Flat Rim Twenty, MS64
    Exceptional Eye Appeal

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS64 PCGS. An early sketch of Saint-Gaudens' "Striding Liberty" design for the obverse of the double eagle shows a winged figure at the top of the mountain with a torch in one hand and a shield in the other. On November 11, 1905, Saint-Gaudens described his idea to President Roosevelt:

    "... on the other side some kind of a (possibly winged) figure of Liberty striding forward as if on a mountain top, holding aloft on one arm a shield bearing the stars and stripes with the word Liberty marked across the field; in the other hand perhaps a flaming torch, the drapery would be flowing in the breeze."



    Before the coins were struck, Saint-Gaudens decided to simplify his design and removed the wings. But the resemblance between the figure on the coins and the famous Victory (Nike) of Samothrace statue -- a sculpture by which Saint-Gaudens was inspired -- remained. The final modification to the design was the elimination of the wire rim, considered by the Mint to be a production flaw.

    This near-Gem displays very little of the wire rim remaining, and the coin is almost a complete Flat Rim. The satiny surfaces show only one grade-limiting mark, near the rim at 9 o'clock on the obverse. The surfaces are exceptional throughout, and the eye appeal for this most-popular U.S. coin design is quite strong.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5301, which brought $29,922.
    From The Indian Rocks Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (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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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by Roger Burdette, and edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle

    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this 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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