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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle, MS65
    CAC-Approved Flat Rim Type Coin

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS65 PCGS. CAC. The MCMVII High Relief double eagles are known in both Wire Rim and Flat Rim varieties. The definition of a variety here is sometimes debated, as the difference between the two issues is not in the working dies used but the method of planchet preparation, which changed in mid-December 1907, in an effort to counter the "fin rim" effect from a collar that did not perfectly fit the dies, allowing metal to squeeze into the gap between the die and collar during striking. Whether one refers to them as varieties or types, the two variants have historically been listed separately.

    In the sale of the Keel, Griswold, and Johnson Collections (Henry Chapman, 2/1908), both the Wire Rim and Flat Rim variants were offered, illustrating how soon the difference was recognized. Lot 619 of the sale reads in part, "1907 1st issue, with the high or 'Wire Edge.' Uncirculated. Mint lustre. In great demand, selling now at $35 to $45." Lot 620 reads, "1907 $20 second issue, the same as last with the edge smooth made by using a flattening collar. Uncirculated. Mint lustre. In great demand, selling now at $35 to $40." Notice Chapman believed a different collar was used to efface the wire rim feature. It is also interesting to observe that the Wire Rim variety was selling for a slightly higher price than the Flat Rim in 1908.

    The present is a magnificent coin, fully struck, with bright, satiny luster. The surfaces are a pleasing yellow-gold hue, with an even layer of reddish patina on each side. The surfaces are essentially pristine.
    Ex: Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 3/2009), lot 3361.(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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