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    MCMVII Saint-Gaudens Twenty, AU58
    High Relief, Wire Rim Variant

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim AU58 PCGS Secure. Of the 12,367 High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagles struck in 1907, about 70% were produced with a fin, or wire rim, around the edge of the coin, caused by metal extruding through the tiny gap between the collar and the dies when the coins were struck. This feature was seen as a problem by Mint personnel and bankers, because it meant the coins would not stack properly for counting. In addition, the thin wire rim would quickly wear down in circulation, reducing the intrinsic value of the coins significantly. After several months of neglect, by mid-December Mint personnel finally solved the problem by adjusting the upset angle of the milling and dimensions of the planchet, and the remaining High Relief double eagles struck that year were of the Flat Rim variety.

    Today, collectors prize the Wire Rim High Reliefs for the beauty and novelty of the design. This impressive near-Mint specimen shows just a trace of wear on the sharply detailed central design elements, which still stand out in three dimensional sculptural relief, as intended by their creator. The pleasing orange-gold surfaces are lightly abraded and retain much of their original mint luster. The overall presentation is most attractive for this iconic gold issue.(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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