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    Wire Rim 1907 High Relief, MS63
    Modeled After the Nike of Samothrace

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS. Augustus Saint-Gaudens had a lifelong involvement with working in smaller, coin-like endeavors, beginning in his youth as a cameo cutter, and later on private medals for his friends. The well-known John Singer Sargent medal displays Saint-Gaudens familiarity with Roman cast medallions. He was also a great admirer of the Renaissance medals of Pisanello, whose influence can readily be seen on the Washington Centennial inaugural medal of 1889. The reception by the arts community of that medal was curiously prescient of the reception Saint-Gaudens would receive in 1907 with the striking of the new double eagles. Charles de Kay noted in Harper's Weekly the "satiny look of laid 'linen' paper" created by the fine tooling of the surface. He also commented on the depth of relief, comparable to the Greek coins of antiquity. He concluded his article by remarking on the banal character of contemporary U.S. coinage. Years ahead of his time, it was not until late 1904 that Saint-Gaudens would be called upon by President Roosevelt to spearhead the redesign of American coinage. His best-known achievement was the creation of the High Relief double eagle, a coin that was struck like those of the ancient Greeks and based on a Classical sculpture, the Nike of Samothrace. The devices are deeply incised on each side and this MS63 gives the collector excellent value with few surface flaws, the only ones of note located at the top of the sun and just above on the rays. The satiny mint luster shows the usual light reddish patina.
    .(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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