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    1907 Twenty Dollar High Relief, Wire Rim
    A Particularly Pleasing MS63 Example

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 NGC. The bas-reliefs of Augustus Saint-Gaudens are a little-studied area of the sculptor's career. By definition they were executed in low relief, a particularly difficult process to use to express the character and expression of the subject. Artist and writer, Kenyon Cox, defined the difficulty:

    "Low-relief does not deal with actual form, but with the appearance of form. ... [It] is a kind of drawing by means of light and shade, the difference between it any other kind of drawing being that the lights and shadows are produced not by white paper and crayon strokes, but by the falling of light upon the elevations and depressions of the surface of the relief."


    By definition, the High Relief twenties of 1907 were certainly not bas-reliefs. However, Saint-Gaudens drew heavily on his decades of experience with bas-reliefs. Anyone who has ever viewed one of these magnificent coins can easily see how Saint-Gaudens used Cox's "falling of light upon the elevations and depressions of the surface of the relief" to best effect to give dimensionality to the forward-striding figure of Liberty.
    This is a particularly attractive MS63 example. The surfaces are bright and have a slight reddish tint. Examination with a loupe shows a few scattered contact marks, but this looks like an "arm's length Gem" with no abrasions readily obvious to the unaided eye.
    From The Harvey Collection.(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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    August, 2012
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