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    1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty, MS62
    Bright, Yellow-Gold Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 NGC. The contrast was profound between the coinage created by sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Victor Brenner, Hermon MacNeil, and Adolph Weinman when contrasted to the uninspired designs of Charles Barber and George Morgan. One is tempted to use a word such as "shocking" to underscore the artistry achieved by the former group to the workmanlike approach of the latter. However, artistry did not come to coinage without a cost. In the case of the High Relief twenty that cost was how to solve the inherent artistry of the design with the commercial needs of a single strike from a steam press. In the case of the High Relief that was simply not achievable, which is why only 12,367 pieces were produced; the design was later drastically lowered by Charles Barber for commercial needs. This is a bright yellow-gold example of the three-dimensional design by Saint-Gaudens. The strike details are fully brought up in all areas, the grade is limited only by a few small, scattered contact marks.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    December, 2018
    13th-14th Thursday-Friday
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