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    1907 Wire Rim Double Eagle, Unc Details
    Sculptural Quality in a Gold Coin

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim -- Cleaned -- NGC Details. Unc. Certain historic events provide a convenient dividing line for how society views major cultural shifts. The beginning of the 20th century and World War II are two notable examples. In the middle of the 19th century, the Civil War provided a convenient cultural divide. Before the war, when sculpture was a consideration in America it consisted almost exclusively of reproductions of works from antiquity or Neoclassical themes. After the war, tastes quickly evolved toward works that were more directly and simply focused and dealt in a realistic manner with the subject at hand. This refocusing of the emphasis in sculpture enabled Augustus Saint-Gaudens to develop a true American style and use realism in whatever subject he worked on, making him the dominant American sculptor in the latter part of the 19th century. For the High Relief double eagles he blended realism with the allegorical figure of Liberty, shown striding forward into the dawn of the 20th century. This piece is bright from cleaning, yet retains all of the three-dimensional details, as designed. The strike details are complete in all areas and there are no obvious or mentionable contact marks on either side.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2019
    6th-9th Thursday-Sunday
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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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