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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle, MS64
    Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. To collectors interested in the background of the High Relief double eagle it may seem that two and a half years is an unusually long period from design concept to struck coins. Undoubtedly, Augustus Saint-Gaudens would have agreed. In his Reminiscences, his son, Homer, wrote:

    "This tendency almost endlessly to alter and re-alter details lasted to the close of his life, he himself being the first to recognize his crotchet and to laugh at it."

    When viewed in the totality of Saint-Gaudens's work, two and a half years was not that long. The Shaw Memorial began in 1884 and lasted until 1897, the Sherman Monument (used as the model for the High Relief) required 11 years. So, considering the technical requirements of a double eagle struck in high relief, two and a half years is not that long. Collectors would universally agree the results were worth the time invested in designs, models, and test strikes. This upper-end MS64 example certainly bears that out. The surfaces are bright and satiny with a faint, even layer of reddish patina and no obvious contact marks.

    Coin Index Numbers: (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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