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    1907 Wire Rim High Relief Twenty, MS64
    Pronounced Wire Rim on Part of the Obverse

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 NGC. Augustus Saint-Gaudens first entered into Theodore Roosevelt's inner circle in 1901 as a member of the Senate Park Commission, devoted to restoring the city of Washington, specifically the National Mall, to the original plan of Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Other members of the Commission included Daniel Burnham, architect of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., and Charles F. McKim. Saint-Gaudens grew closer to the Roosevelts in the following years. Although a mutual sense of admiration had existed prior to 1901, the sculptor and the president developed a greater appreciation for one another while working together. Enchanted with Saint-Gaudens' "distinctly American spirit" and "soaring imagination," Roosevelt requested he design his personal (not Mint-produced) inauguration medal after winning the election of 1904. It was the beginning of a fruitful friendship, leading to the production of arguably the most celebrated coin ever issued: the High Relief double eagle.

    This is a bright, yellow-gold example of this most beautifully designed gold coin. Just the slightest tinge of reddish patina can be seen over each side. As expected, the strike details are complete in all areas. There is a wire rim around each side, and the extruded metal is especially high between 12 and 3 o'clock on the obverse. Just the slightest contact marks can be seen on each side, most only visible with a magnifier.(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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    April, 2015
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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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