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    MCMVII Wire Rim Twenty, MS61
    Bright Yellow-Gold Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS61 NGC. Remember that your background is your atmosphere, and part of the composition, and that the composition should extend from edge to edge of the frame.
    --Augustus Saint-Gaudens

    The backgrounds on the numerous bas-reliefs produced by Augustus Saint-Gaudens are certainly not busy, but they do provide subtle but effective "atmosphere" for the subject(s) depicted in the foreground. Likewise, the background of the High Relief twenty is atmospheric from rim to rim. Each side has sun rays that extend outward from the lower center of the central device. This radiant sunburst reinforces the idea of dawn, in this case the dawn of a new American century, and the rays most importantly highlight the figure of Liberty that strides toward the viewer on the obverse. This powerful figure, representative of America and the new century, is made even more prominent by the use of the high relief method of production, a process that required multiple blows from a hydraulic press to produce, but sculptural dimensionality, vibrancy, and what Saint-Gaudens termed "atmosphere" was achieved. This striding, powerful figure of Liberty is fully evident on this MS61 example. The surfaces are bright, yellow-gold with a number of small, but individually unimportant contact marks on each side, which account for the grade.
    From The Harvey Collection.(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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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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