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    1907 Flat Rim High Relief Twenty, MS65
    Bright, Satiny Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS65 PCGS. CAC. While Augustus Saint-Gaudens never repudiated Neoclassicism, he was constantly aware of the influences of Classicism on modern sculpture. He obviously rejected the smooth, flawless contours of the Neoclassicist Antonio Canova; rather, he embraced the realistic modeling of his subjects. Saint-Gaudens also harkened back to Hellenistic Greece when he sculpted the figure of Liberty as seen in the Sherman group and later on the High Relief twenty dollar gold piece. The figure was covered with drapery, but in such a way that the physique of the figure would stand out even through stone, as if it were transparent fabric. By striking the new twenty dollar gold pieces in high relief, it was easier to give the figure of Liberty a deeply chiseled, sculpted appearance.

    The majority of High Reliefs were struck before the "fin" or wire rim was corrected. This piece shows a remarkably high percentage of the rim on each side that is conspicuously lacking any trace of a fin. Thus, this piece would most likely have been struck in late-November or December 1907, a time when Mint personnel were attentive to the spacing between the collar and die faces which created the finning. The surfaces of this magnificent Gem glow with bright, satiny luster and show little to none of the usual reddish tint. Only the slightest contact marks are widely distributed and are of no visual consequence.(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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