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    1907 High Relief Twenty, MS63, Wire Rim
    Exceptionally Pleasing for the Grade

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 NGC. Augustus Saint-Gaudens was called the "American Michelangelo" by one of the greatest historians of the past century, Henry Steele Commager. Saint-Gaudens' sculpture was greatly influenced by classical tradition that he learned when he went to Rome to escape the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. It was there that he was greatly influenced by what might be called the Neo-Florentine school of sculpture which emphasized the realism and naturalism used by the great sculptors and painters of the Renaissance. Saint-Gaudens along with architects Stanford White and Henry Hobson, and painter John La Farge were all part of this new breed of American artist. All of them were familiar with the tradition of Classical art, but they adapted their talents in each of their fields to a uniquely American style. As Henry Duffy, curator of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site wrote:

    "All sought to clarify and simplify the art of the past, fusing European tradition with the simple moral tone preferred by Americans. What developed was a cosmopolitan style."


    These Classically influenced elements can be seen through all of Saint-Gaudens' works, and it is especially evident in the gold coins he designed at the behest of Theodore Roosevelt. This is a lovely example of the first variant, the Wire Rim. The surfaces display bright, satiny lemon-yellow color with just the slightest tinge of reddish patina. Both sides are exceptionally clean for a coin in this grade with the only noticeable mark located across the rays of the sun on the reverse.(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
    March, 2010
    25th-28th 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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