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    1907 High Relief Twenty, Bright MS61
    Wire Rim Variant

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS61 PCGS. CAC. After Augustus Saint-Gaudens left Paris following the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, he took up residence in Rome. There he began his first monumental work "Hiawatha." In the afternoons he still retained a job as a cameo cutter, working for a man with a big red beard named Rossi, who paid Saint-Gaudens what seemed to him large prices for his work. His years as a cameo cutter proved invaluable when he later became interested in bas-reliefs and especially when he was called upon by the president to redesign the nation's coinage using the high relief coins of the Greeks as inspiration. The high relief of his twenty dollar coin from 1907 has remained a collector-favorite in all grades since the time of issue. This piece displays bright surfaces, but there are few contact marks on either side. Undesignated as a Wire Rim on this older holder, there is more extruded metal present on each side than areas of flatness on the rims.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    August, 2013
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
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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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