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    1907 Roman Numerals Twenty Dollar, MS64
    Wire Rim High Relief

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 NGC. The intimate relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens stands in stark contrast the sculptor's decidedly antagonistic association with Mint officials during the production of the new double eagle coins. While the two ideological and artistic minds behind the coins enjoyed a joint appreciation for each other's skill, the Mint personnel, Chief Engraver Charles Barber in particular, found Saint-Gaudens exceedingly difficult to work with and vice versa. A letter dated May 29, 1906 from Saint-Gaudens to Roosevelt attests to the difficulties: "I have sent a practical man to Philadelphia to obtain all the details necessary for the carrying out of our scheme, but if you succeed in getting the best of the polite Mr. Barber down there, or the others in charge, you will have done a greater work than putting through the Panama Canal."

    The "practical man" was Henry Hering, who supervised the reductions he and Saint-Gaudens had produced. Released in late 1907, the High Relief double eagle won universal acclaim for its near-sculptural, three-dimensional design. This is a remarkably attractive example that showcases this sculptural element. The surfaces are bright with just the slightest hint of reddish patina present. Close examination reveals a few contact marks in the fields that prevent an even higher grade.(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.

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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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