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    MCMVII Wire Rim High Relief Twenty
    A Satiny Near-Gem Example

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. When Charles McKim, the closest surviving friend of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, heard of the death of "The Saint" he wrote: "The gulf between him and the next best man in his art will long remain unfilled." These proved to be prophetic words by McKim. While not strictly accurate in the general branch of sculpture, among those who are in the realist-naturalist school it is difficult to think of another who rivals him in the intervening century since his death. Among coin engravers and medalists it is just as difficult to find an equally inspired artisan. Perhaps James and Laura Fraser come close, but even that is a backhanded compliment to Saint-Gaudens as both worked in Aspet under his tutelage. Apparently the Mint concurs as well since modern gold bullion coins produced since 1986 have used a slightly modified version of Saint-Gaudens' design for the double eagle, and the Ultra High Relief was resurrected in 2009 in a smaller format. As the sculptor's life faded in August 1907, his design for the High Relief turned into a classic that has been appreciated by generations of collectors. The naturalism and realism that Saint-Gaudens always strived for in his sculpture is readily apparent on this example of his High Relief. This is one of the earlier strikings with a wire rim around much of each side. A few small contact marks are scattered about, and there is a small grease stain (as struck) across the rays on the lower reverse. The mint luster is bright and satiny, as always, and just a hint of reddish patina can be seen on each side.(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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