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    MCMVII High Relief Twenty, MS63
    Wire Rim Variant

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS. In 1885 the Mint struck several dozen so-called Snowden dollars, using a tripartite collar with E PLURIBUS UNUM on the edge. Shortly after these patterns were struck, Superintendent Snowden and Director Burchard left office. Even though Charles Barber was thanked by Snowden in his report from June 1885, it appears Barber could not successfully reproduce the three-part collar in 1907 when it came time to strike Augustus Saint-Gaudens' High Relief twenties. The result was a gap between the die faces and collar, which produced the well-known wire rim or "finning" as it was known in Mint parlance. Seen as a manufacturing defect, the gap between the die faces and collar was not closed until December, which resulted in the so-called Flat Rim variant. Each rim variant is seen today as a collectible variety. This example is an exception to what is usually seen as each side has almost an entire wire rim around it, the obverse is especially pronounced. The bright, satiny surfaces display strong reddish patina over the usual yellow-gold. Only a few contact marks are present.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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