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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS64
    High Relief, Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. CAC. Art critic Thayer Tolles stated that the use of relief in Augustus Saint-Gaudens' sculpture, and by extension the gold coins, reflected his personal manifesto: "The quality of a work of art [should] be judged on its character or effect." One can see this character or effect in all of Saint-Gaudens commissioned works, and it is especially apparent in the designs he used for the gold coins of 1907. The effect is undeniably more immediate and polished in his original designs as seen on the Ultra High Reliefs, reduced and slightly redesigned High Relief twenties, and the Wire Rim tens. Another aspect of Saint-Gaudens commissioned works is how he used the background. He constantly admonished his students in the Cornish School, "Remember that your background is your atmosphere, and part of the composition." He insisted that his compositions extend from edge to edge. That is certainly the case with the twenty dollar. The background has sun rays emanating behind the figure of Liberty and the eagle, which gives the coin even more depth and dimensionality.
    The present coin is a superlative example of Saint-Gaudens' concept, with the finely-detailed figure of Liberty standing out in three dimensional fashion from the stunning background. This specimen displays extraordinary mint luster and the pleasing green-gold surfaces are virtually flawless.(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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    July, 2010
    8th-11th 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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