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    1907 High Relief Wire Rim Twenty, MS64
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    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. During the early part of the 20th century, experiments with varying degrees of high relief coinage at the U.S. Mint were largely futile, limited in success by the restricted capabilities of period coinage presses. Early models of the Standing Liberty quarter proved impossible to strike up fully with a single die impression, and the relief was significantly lowered before regular production was begun. The 1921 Peace dollar was struck with bold relief detail, but the limits of the press -- particularly for such a large coin -- are evident in the fact that very few surviving examples show sharp detail on the central high points. The moderately bold relief of the obverse portrait on the Missouri Centennial half dollar of 1921 caused many examples to be produced without the finer high-point details of the hat.

    The Saint-Gaudens High Relief double eagle of 1907 was perhaps the only such experiment that was, in a sense, successful. Although production was quickly terminated due to cost and time inefficiencies, the High Relief Saints that were struck were largely produced in full, medallic relief and are thus considered by many to be the most beautiful coins ever struck by the U.S. Mint. Unlike the Peace dollars of 1921, the High Relief twenties were each struck three to five times to bring up the design to full capacity. Such drastic measures were by direct order from President Roosevelt, who famously stated: "Begin the new issue even if it takes you all day to strike one piece!" In the end, practicality and the need for efficiency won out and the relief was lowered, but not before 12,367 High Relief Saints were struck for the enjoyment of collectors. This Choice Wire Edge example displays bold motifs aglow with satiny yellow-gold luster. No significant distractions are present.
    From The Badger Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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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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