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    MCMVII High Relief Twenty Dollar
    Flat Rim, MS66
    Exceptional Surface Preservation

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS66 PCGS. CAC. The presence or absence of a wire rim has been a source of ongoing confusion and misinformation for many years among collectors, dealers, and catalogers. It is best summed up in Roger Burdette's recent reference Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles (published by and available from Heritage):

    "There are two distinct versions of the MCMVII High Relief double eagle. They are differentiated by the presence or absence of a "fin" defect around the rim of the coin. Most of the coins struck from August through December 16 have a complete or partial fin of metal rising above the normal rim. This defect was created when metal was forced between the face dies and the edge collar during striking. It was caused by incorrect milling and sizing of the blank planchets. Director Leach, who had previously been the Superintendent of the San Francisco Mint and had considerable experience in striking gold coins, solved the problem by changing the way the planchets were milled. The result was that High Relief double eagles made after December 16 show better detail near the rim and an almost complete absence of fin. Engraver Barber thought the pieces were so good looking that he was afraid President Roosevelt might order the Philadelphia Mint to keep making them!"

    This is an extraordinary High Relief. The obverse rim shows no trace of "finning" while there is just the slightest evidence of a fin around part of the reverse rim. More importantly, however, the surfaces glow with softly frosted mint luster that is essentially undisturbed by contact marks. Blanks were carefully selected for the production of High Reliefs. This coin shows a very shallow depression next to the figure of Liberty, a planchet depression that did not completely strike out with the use of the 150 tons of pressure from the hydraulic press. Quite a curiosity as such. Light, even reddish patina is seen over each side, and of course the strike is complete throughout.
    From The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection. (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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