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    1907 Twenty Dollar High Relief, MS62
    Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 PCGS Secure. The Mint experienced considerable difficulty transferring Augustus Saint-Gaudens' high relief designs into dies that were usable for circulating coinage. The High Relief was not the ultimate solution but an intermediate coin. Saint-Gaudens originally intended what we now call the Ultra High Relief as his circulating coin for the twenty dollar gold piece. That was an unacceptable solution because of the multiple strikes and annealings required to produce a single coin. In the month after Saint-Gaudens' death in early August 1907, President Roosevelt pushed the Mint to finally produce the Saint-Gaudens design. Between early September and the end of December, the Mint struck 12,367 High Relief twenties. Approximately 80% of the total mintage was struck with what was considered a production defect, the fin around part or all of the rim. This production defect was not corrected until late in the production run, but today the so-called Wire Rim variants are collectible in their right. The fin surrounds much of each side of this piece. Additionally, the surfaces are bright yellow-gold with numerous, grade-limiting contact marks scattered about, none of which are worthy of individual mention. 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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    6th-9th Thursday-Sunday
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