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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle
    MS64 Wire Rim, Even Reddish Patina

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 NGC. There is an enduring popularity of the sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and by extension his design for the 1907 High Relief twenty. Artist and illustrator Will Low perhaps came closest to explaining Saint-Gaudens' facility for "making one 'see things.' "

    "In all his simplicity, [he] believed himself to be virtually inarticulate ... But it was precisely because he was so intensely an artist that his mental vision was clear, and that which he saw he in turn made visible - there is no other word - to others."


    The High Relief double eagle makes us "see" Saint-Gaudens' vision of America at the dawn of the 20th century. The figure of Liberty was inspired by the Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre, but Saint-Gaudens adapted the well-known Classical Greek sculpture and turned it into a uniquely American symbol, replete with rays from the sunrise behind and Liberty positioned at the top of a mountain. The figural elements are further energized by striking the coins in high relief, a device he had so successfully used on the Shaw Memorial. This is a rich, satiny example that is reddish-tinged over each side. The devices are strongly brought up throughout, and the only mark of any note is vertically positioned in the right obverse field.(Registry values: N7079) (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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-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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