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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS65
    Celebrated High Relief, Wire Rim Variety
    Low-Mintage 20th Century Classic

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. CAC. Many numismatists are familiar with the difficulties Augustus Saint-Gaudens encountered with Chief Engraver Charles Barber during the design process for his famous double eagle, but not everyone realizes how severely he was hampered by health problems. During the winter of 1906-1907, Augustus Saint-Gaudens continued to work on commissions, including the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces. What is ironic about his work during this period is the optimistic atmosphere of the coins as well as The Caryatids of the Albright Gallery in Buffalo. His assistant, Henry Hering, wrote about "The Saint's" condition during this period:

    "When I was here in the winter, the Saint so shocked me the first time I saw him that I'm afraid he noticed. But I saw him every day and grew used to his gaunt face ... and his look of being hunted by death and knowing it, but turning at bay with sheer will and self-creation. When they could carry him out to the studios and place him in front of his work, the dejection, the grim unhappy will, the constant looking over his shoulder so to speak, as if death were there, would vanish in an illumination of beauty; his eyes would burn again in the moment's victory ... "


    The irony, of course, is the forward-looking depiction of Liberty on the twenty dollar gold piece, an obvious image of America at the start of what became The American Century.
    The present coin is a wonderful Gem example of Saint-Gaudens' triumphant design. The finely granular surfaces are bright yellow-gold, with none of the red highlights usually seen on this issue. The wire rim is fully developed on the obverse, but there is hardly any on the reverse. One minor contact mark is noted below the knee, and just a touch of softness shows on the top of the legend on the reverse. Bright satiny mint luster adds to the abundant eye appeal.
    From The Oliver Collection.(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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