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    1907 High Relief Twenty, MS62
    Wire Rim Example

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 PCGS. During his 30-year career, Augustus Saint-Gaudens produced more than 100 sculptural portraits, and of those more than 80 are in relief. While he is best known for bringing a sense of realism to American sculpture, his figures were a mixture of the real and ideal. His figure of Victory in the Sherman Memorial was primarily based on model Hettie Anderson, but the face of the Nike appears to be a blend of three models. Thus, an idealized portrait emerges with realistic features. These two sculptural works, Victory in the Sherman Memorial and the head of Nike, were the basis for Saint-Gaudens' twenty and ten dollar gold coins, respectively. While 19th century museum-goers and the few who could afford Saint-Gaudens' commissions had high praise for his works, the widespread availability of the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces made these two works popular to thousands of people who might not otherwise consider sculpture a part of their lives. And it was precisely this sculptural quality that has imbued the High Relief double eagle with a popularity to multiple generations of collectors since their production in 1907. The sculpted nature of the High Relief is fully seen on this attractive MS62 coin. All the features on both sides are fully detailed and both obverse and reverse display light, even reddish patina. There are no obvious or detracting contact marks on either side.(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
    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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