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    Impressive MS66 Flat Rim MCMVII High Relief

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS66 PCGS. It seems that everyone of our auctions have multiple High Relief double eagles, and yet MS66 or finer examples are seldom offered. Our archives, active since January 1993, indicate that we have offered more than 450 High Relief double eagles in the past 15 years, yet only two dozen of those pieces equal or exceed this coin for quality. It seems that these pieces are divided equally between Wire Rim and Flat Rim coins.
    This particular specimen has highly lustrous yellow-gold color with subtle hints of green on each side. It is sharply struck and exhibits satiny luster. Many of the characteristics associated with those few examples certified as proofs can also be seen on this piece. Of the two major grading services, NGC will certify special pieces as proof while PCGS will not. The student of this coinage may want to examine the present example for the possibility that it is actually one of those that are considered proof or specimen strikes by NGC.
    For reference, we provide a summary of the criteria used by NGC when making such a determination, adapted from Dr. Robert Loewinger's reference on proof gold coinage: 1. Extremely sharp details in all areas. 2. Absence of any die distortion. 3. Random swirling die polishing lines on both sides. 4. Uniform satin surfaces without radial flowlines of business strike pieces. 5. A build-up of metal inside the borders on both sides.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May-Jun, 2007
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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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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