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    1907 Wire Rim High Relief Twenty, MS64
    Modeled After the Nike of Samothrace

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. The figure of Nike that was used by Augustus Saint-Gaudens has classical origins from the island of Samothrace. Nike is the goddess of Victory. In its original placement on Samothrace, the figure was placed on the prow of a ship. The figure was depicted at the moment it alighted, indicating victory. The original placement of the Nike on Samothrace was to celebrate the defeat of Prousias II, who had sailed his fleet down the coast from Bithynia (northern Turkey today), raiding and sacking every sanctuary along the way. There is an ironic duality of message in this story, however; since the shoreline sanctuaries were used by sailors to propitiate the gods not to dash them against the rocks, those same sailors thanked the gods for wrecking enemy sailors against those same rocks. There is a curious duality of message that also exists with Saint-Gaudens' Sherman Group, from which the striding figure of Liberty on the double is derived: Destroy the enemy while saving the Union. The figure of Liberty (Nike) is central to the design and understanding of the 1907 double eagle that was struck in high relief. This particular High Relief twenty shows extraordinary detailing on the figure of Liberty as well as the eagle, and the surfaces display thick, satiny mint luster. This high-end MS64 example also shows an even layer of light reddish patina that is usually encountered on originally preserved High Reliefs.(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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