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    Popular 1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty Dollar, MS64

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 NGC. Most of the first two-thirds of 1907 High Relief double eagle production included a perceived defect called a "fin," which was a thin blade of gold raised above the rim of the coin. The Mint considered this an aesthetic defect as well as a legal one, as the fin was quickly abraded off the coin, leaving an underweight gold piece. According to Saint-Gaudens gold coinage researcher Roger Burdette, the milling procedure and planchet size for the double eagle blanks were slightly modified to correct this flaw, leading to the "Flat Rim" variant.
    The near-Gem Wire Rim variety offered here exhibits lustrous yellow-gold surfaces in which the powerfully impressed Liberty and eagle motifs appear to be suspended above the fields, one of the more notable attributes of the High Reliefs. From what we can determine in the NGC holder, the fin appears to be found on about one-half of both the obverse and reverse rims. A few minute obverse marks preclude a higher grade.
    From The Parker Lee III Collection.(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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