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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS66
    Celebrated High Relief Design
    Scarcer Flat Rim Variant

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 NGC. The simplest way to understand the inspiration for a great coin design and its subsequent execution was explained 120 years ago by G.F. Hill in an article in The Numismatist from September 1895. Hill observed that: "... skill of hand is powerless to produce good work unless the mind supplies good ideas ..." This brief axiom tells one everything that is needed to know about why the 1907 High Relief twenty dollar is such a powerful and highly expressive coin; indeed, the most beautiful coin ever produced. It was not only the skill of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' hand that created the design, it was his mind that supplied the idea for that design. In fact, it was the skill of Henry Hering's hand that executed the design; but the idea of the striding figure of Liberty with a burst of sun rays behind her was that of Saint-Gaudens alone. The great success of this design in high relief, low relief, and its subsequent reworking for U.S. bullion coins beginning in 1986 is a testament to its enduring popularity. The sheer number of survivors of High Relief twenties underscores this issue's popularity from the time of production more than a century ago - people even then recognized the special quality these coins possessed.

    The present coin is a magnificent Premium Gem example of the scarcer Flat Rim variety, struck late in the production run. Most High Relief double eagles show a high fin or Wire Rim around the edges of the coin, formed by metal that was extruded through the narrow gap between the dies and collar when the coins were struck. San Francisco Mint Superintendent Frank Leach devised a procedure to eliminate this feature by adjusting the milling and degree of upset on the planchet rims. The resulting Flat Rim coins are much scarcer than their Wire Rim counterparts, but collectors seldom collect this issue by variety, so they command small premiums. This piece offers pinpoint definition on the central design elements, with flawless reddish-gold surfaces that display vibrant mint luster on both sides. Overall visual appeal is terrific. Census: 65 in 66 (3 in 66+, 1 in 66+ ), 27 finer (3/15).(Registry values: N10218) (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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