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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle, MS62
    Wire Rim Variant, Rich Reddish Patina

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 PCGS. The friction between the Saint-Gaudens studio and Charles Barber in the Mint was all-too-real. After the extraordinary success of the High Relief twenties, in mid-December Henry Hering, Saint-Gaudens' representative in Mint matters, made suggestions about the new reduced relief models. Charles Barber wrote Mint Superintendent John Landis:

    " ... this is another example of dealing with parties who know nothing of the work of die making or coinage. As I have said before, had they the least rudimentary knowledge of the subject they would not make such childlike suggestions."



    This was a battle Barber won. His drastically reduced models were turned into coin form and released to the general public. However, the larger "war" had been won by the Saint-Gaudens studio with the release in the fall of 1907 of the High Relief twenties. This particular example displays the deeply dished fields common to High Reliefs and bright, vibrant surfaces. Each side displays significant reddish patina, an attribute often seen on High Relief twenties. A number of small, but individually insignificant contact marks are scattered across each side and account for the grade.(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
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    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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