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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle, MS63
    Wire Rim, Saint-Gaudens' Final Work

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS Secure. The Mint Director's Annual Report of 1908 reported the beginning of production for the new eagle and double eagle, calling attention to designs "prepared by the eminent sculptor, the late Augustus Saint Gaudens, to whom great credit is due for the artistic merits of these coins." Saint-Gaudens had triumphed in his endeavor to combine the high relief and classical elegance of ancient Greek coinage into designs that were both beautiful and wholly American. At one point, after viewing Saint-Gaudens' early models, President Roosevelt wrote in a letter: "Those models are simply immense -- if such a slang way of talking is permissible in reference to giving a modern nation one coinage at least which shall be as good as that of the ancient Greeks."

    The eagle and double eagle designs were the crowning achievement of the sculptor, who died in early August 1907, before ever seeing his work put into production. Afterward, the double eagle design went through several stages of relief reductions before arriving at a low-relief version that was suitable for efficient mass coinage but was artistically inferior to Saint-Gaudens' original models. A few Ultra High Relief patterns are known of the original concept, but for most collectors these are unobtainable. The 12,367 High Relief coins struck in late 1907 are realistically the closest to Saint-Gaudens' original models that most collectors can hope to acquire. This Select representative is fully struck and luminous with satin honey-gold luster. A few unimportant surface marks do not detract from the classical beauty of design.(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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