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    1907 Twenty Dollar High Relief, MS61
    Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS61 NGC. In the decades following the Civil War, hundreds of statues were erected in town squares throughout the country to heroes on both sides of that mighty conflict. With so many statues commissioned in such a relatively short time span, artistic quality varied widely. Augustus Saint-Gaudens is well-known for his sculptures of three Civil War heroes: Admiral David Farragut, Colonel Robert G. Shaw, and General W. T. Sherman. In each case, the heroes depicted show a high degree of accomplishment and understanding of each subject. William Duffy, in Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American Sculptor of the Gilded Age, writes that, "his works stand out for their quiet dignity and inherent strength of character." That critique is equally applicable to Saint-Gaudens' ten and twenty dollar gold coins. The bust of Nike on the ten dollar and the modified figure of Victory on the double eagle certainly possess dignity and strength of character, qualities that are not easily imbued in statuary or on coinage. The fact that these qualities are so easily seen by even the most casual observer undoubtedly accounts for the continued popularity of Saint-Gaudens' coinage, especially the High Relief twenty dollar, the closest American coinage has come to sculpture in coined form. This particular coin fully displays that sculptural quality with the figures of Liberty and the eagle prominently raised from the curvature of the fields. Numerous small, but individually insignificant abrasions are scattered across each side, accounting for the grade. The bright surfaces show just a hint of greenish patina. Fully struck, of course.(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
    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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