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    MCMVII Wire Rim High Relief, MS62
    Bright and Satiny Classic Design

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 NGC. One of the great successes of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' classic design for the twenty dollar gold piece was creation of a coin that looked more like a medal than a circulating coin. The combination of striking the coin in high relief and uncluttering the surfaces allowed the viewer to concentrate on the central devices, thus creating a more dynamic design.

    Both Saint-Gaudens and President Roosevelt thought it best to not include mention of the deity on the new gold coins, thus removing the traditional motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Moving E PLURIBUS UNUM to the edge freed up even more space, but required the use of a tripartite collar. Such a collar had never been used on a regular production coin, but had been used on pattern Morgan dollars in 1885. The success of these design decisions is readily apparent on the bright, satiny surfaces of the present coin. At first glance, this example appears to be much finer than the stated grade. A loupe reveals the yellow-gold surfaces have taken on a number of small, but individually insignificant contact marks on each side. The strike details are fully brought up throughout, and the eye appeal is excellent.(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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
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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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