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    Wire Rim 1907 High Relief Twenty, MS63
    Pristine Satiny Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS. The 1907 High Relief double eagles have held a special place in many collections, including some of the greatest ever assembled. It has been said, for example, that the actor and coin collector Adolphe Menjou (Kosoff, 1950) possessed a particular affinity for the issue. These pieces, with a mintage of just 12,367 coins, have been desirable from the moment they were issued. Roger Burdette (2006) reports that "by March 1908 the coins the coins commanded a $15 premium and were in great demand for their speculative potential."
    Although their popularity waned momentarily in the early 1920s, by the end of the decade prices were once again on the rise and have continued to climb ever since. In A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Bowers (2004) writes, "The MCMVII High Relief double eagle has been on the 'must have' list of many collectors, even those who are not interested in gold coins. And, of course, this one-year issue is an essential requirement for the completion of a type set of United States coins."
    He comments, "The MCMVII High Relief double eagle is a coin that everybody loves. Time and again it has taken first place or has finished near the top of numismatic surveys as to what is America's most beautiful design." These pieces are probably unique in the history of American numismatics, in that they have received virtually universal praise from the moment they were issued. They have a timeless quality that has caused them to be immensely popular for over century and will continue to make them highly desirable for many years to come.
    This Wire Rim example has muted, satiny surfaces that show just a tinge of the often-seen reddish color. Close examination is required to see any of the tiny contact marks on either side.
    From The Carter Family 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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    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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