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    1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Double Eagle
    Boldly Struck MS63

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS. Augustus Saint-Gaudens' original double eagle designs were intended for a coin of sculptural relief, similar to that imparted upon ancient Greek coinage, but the multiple strikes needed to bring up the designs proved impractical for mass production, so the relief was lowered considerably after little more than 11,000 pieces were struck.

    Many High Relief survivors exhibit a wire rim, something that was viewed as a defect by the mint; the raised lip around the rim was inadvertently created by metal being forced between the collar and the die face upon striking, a problem not helped by multiple impressions from the dies.

    This representative displays satiny, yellow-gold luster, with no significant distractions seen upon close examination. The strike is boldly impressed on both sides, with overall exceptional visual appeal.
    From The Cathedral West 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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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
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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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