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    MCMVII High Relief Wire Rim Twenty
    A Near-Mint Example

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU58 ANACS. Modeled after the figure of Nike on Saint-Gaudens' Sherman Monument, the rendering of Liberty for the High Relief double eagle is, in the words of the sculptor, "a living thing and typical of progress." In her right hand, Liberty carries a flaming torch, and in her left, an olive branch of peace, as she strides forward "as if on a mountain top." Roosevelt wrote to Saint-Gaudens: "I think, my dear sir, that you have given us a coin as wonderful as any of the old Greek coins."

    The beauty of the design, or, as Saint-Gaudens' former assistant James Earl Fraser would later say of it, the "richness and suggestiveness" of it, spurred collectors and art admirers alike to preserve examples of the High Relief issue from the day of its release. Rarely did an example actually circulate, although many were carried as pocket pieces. This example, with slight rub over the high points, may be just such a coin. Yet, the grandeur of the sculptor's handiwork remains profoundly apparent. Each side is bright yellow-gold in color (reminiscent of the Sherman Monument from which the figure was adapted), and there are no major distractions. The satiny surfaces seem to glow from within.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 4505, which realized $14,950; Houston Signature (Heritage, 12/2008), lot 2581, which realized $10,350.(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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