MCMVII Wire Rim High Relief Twenty, MS65 ★
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 ★ NGC. The High Relief
twenties of 1907 have endured in popularity among collectors since
they were issued. Eighty years later the obverse design was
resurrected for gold bullion coins, and they have remained in
production ever since. While the design embodied Augustus
Saint-Gaudens' ideals of what a classic American coin should look
like, the role of Theodore Roosevelt cannot be overlooked. As Roger
Burdette pointed out in his address to the ANS in October 2009,
Roosevelt was a collector of many things. He collected artists,
sculptors, big game trophies, and in fact, trophies of all kinds.
One could argue that everything Theodore Roosevelt did was related
to the enhancement of image. As president, he saw the opportunity
to enhance the nation's image through its coinage. He seized that
opportunity and opened the door for other sculptors and artists
outside the Mint to submit coinage designs. In his memoirs,
Roosevelt spoke of adopting those new coins as one of the important
achievements of his administration. His day-to-day concern about
the designs and their execution is clear in the correspondence
between himself and Saint-Gaudens, letters reproduced in numerous
books and periodicals since 1920. His pride in the coins was
probably best expressed in a note to Saint-Gaudens where he wrote
that they were "more beautiful than any coins since the days of the
'More Beautiful Than Any Coins Since the Days of the Greeks'
This is a amazing coin and one that exemplifies why Theodore Roosevelt was so proud of these coins. The mint luster swirls around each side and has more of a frosted appearance than the usual satiny surface. The wire rim is complete around each side and in this case is high enough to act as a framing device for the interior tondo design. Strong magnification shows a few tiny contact marks in the right obverse field, but one has to look hard to find them. An exceptional quality High Relief.
Ex: Fort Worth Signature (Heritage, 3/2010), lot 2721.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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