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    1907 High Relief Twenty, Wire Rim Variant
    Upper-End MS63

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS. "A mediocre sculptor is lost.
    The sculptor must be either a genius or a nobody."
    --Kenyon Cox

    Kenyon Cox was a painter and contemporary of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and also a product of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After observing several decades of Saint-Gaudens' monumental commissions, such as The Farragut, The Shaw Memorial, The Garfield, and The Adams Monument, it was clear that Cox considered Saint-Gaudens in the genius category of sculptors. Even when one considers the derivative nature of the designs on both the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces, both demonstrate the original inspiration and genius required to create the designs for the obverse and reverse of each coin.
    This is an exceptionally attractive coin for an MS63. The surfaces are bright and satiny, and neither side show any appreciable or detracting contact marks. The only mentionable "flaws" we see are a couple of tiny specks of grease that were struck into the coin at the time of manufacture, located above Liberty's extended arm in the upper right obverse field.(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
    June, 2011
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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