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    1907 Wire Rim Twenty Dollar, MS61
    Deep Reddish Patina

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS61 NGC. When one looks at the result of the sculptural excellence seen on the High Relief double eagle, it should not come as a surprise that the figure of Liberty was the result of many reworked versions. Saint-Gaudens often borrowed from his previous commissions, and that is the case with the figure of Liberty on the High Relief. The head was modeled after his Nike. That bust was in turn taken from his Sherman group with Liberty leading General Sherman. The work on the initial figures of Victory (later Liberty) and General Sherman went through many generations of changes. Louise Hall Tharp wrote that while Saint-Gaudens was in Paris in the late-1890s and working on this commission, his wife Augusta wrote to friends that Augustus was "doing the Sherman cloak all over again and she was 'making lots of little cloaks' for him to put on small experimental models, arranging the folds differently on each. When he finally found the right effect, no one would ever dream that such simple lines could have cost him so much time and trouble to achieve." The same meticulous attention to detail also went into the drapery folds on the High Relief double eagle. This is a more-affordable example of this beautifully designed coin. The surfaces show deep reddish patina and one notable scuff is located in the right obverse field; otherwise, there is just the normal slight signs of coin-to-coin contact one would expect of an MS61.(Registry values: N4719) (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
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    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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