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    1907 High Relief Twenty, AU55
    Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU55 NGC. Augustus Saint-Gaudens produced many bas-relief medallions throughout his career, but his first foray into the creation of a commemorative medal for mass production occurred in 1889. That year, he was commissioned to design a medal for the Washington Centenary, celebrating the first president's inauguration in 1789. Upon viewing the final product, Richard Watson Gilder called it "the first medal of real artistic value made in this country. I hope that in an indirect way it will have an ultimate effect upon our coinage." Gilder's words were prophetic. In less than two decades Saint-Gaudens would undertake Theodore Roosevelt's "pet crime," redesigning the eagle and double eagle and spurring the Renaissance of American Coinage. This example of Saint-Gaudens' iconic design shows just the slightest friction over the high points and some loss of luster in the fields. Still, most of the detail remains and the surfaces are bright with no obvious or detracting marks.
    From The Bendett Fellowship Collection. (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    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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