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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS64
    High Relief, Scarcer Flat Rim Type

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS64 PCGS. Charles Barber and Augustus Saint-Gaudens first worked together on the Columbian Exposition medal of 1893, though their cooperation was more coerced than voluntary. Saint-Gaudens was initially responsible for designing the medal, but after his controversial reverse was rejected, the sculptor's obverse was paired with a Barber design. In the first draft of a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Carlisle, who had made the decision to pair the men's work, Saint-Gaudens wrote that his actions would result in an "intolerable, deplorable, vulgarity, hopeless, inane, offensive combination, absurd grotesque, patchwork." A decade later, Saint-Gaudens and Barber would once again team up, albeit reluctantly, this time to design and produce the most impressive gold coins ever issued -- the 1907 High Relief double eagles, of which only 12,367 pieces were minted.

    This impressive Choice specimen displays the flat rim that is characteristic of coins produced late in the year, after the planchet dimensions and upsetting had been adjusted to eliminate the wire rim seen on most High Reliefs. The design elements are sharply detailed and the vivid orange-gold surfaces show just a few minor contact marks, mostly in the obverse field. Vibrant mint luster adds to the outstanding visual appeal.
    From The Conch 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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