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    MCMVII High Relief Twenty Dollar, MS65
    Extraordinarily Well-Preserved Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. CAC. The production of High Relief twenties was far from normal for Mint personnel, both in terms of die cutting and manufacture. Because of the depth of details in the dies as well as the curvature of each die, these pieces had to be struck on hydraulic presses intended for medals. Roger Burdette goes into detail about the difference in this method of production rather than the use of a coining press in the first volume of his trilogy Renaissance of American Coinage, 1905-1908:

    "The mint had three hydraulic medal presses capable of producing up to three hundred tons of pressure per square inch. The presses were designed to "squeeze" the planchet between the dies rather than "strike" it with a very quick blow as on the automatic production coin presses. Typical tempered steel coinage dies of the era could withstand little more than one hundred fifty tons of pressure before they would collapse or crack. The coiner wanted to use the minimum pressure necessary to bring up the design since this would reduce wear on the dies and make them last longer."



    This Gem example displays all the detail engraved in the dies. In addition to a complete strike throughout, the surfaces are impeccably preserved with no noticeable contact marks on either side. The mint luster is bright and satiny with just the slightest hint of reddish patina. An extraordinary example of this one-year gold type coin.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2018
    22nd-27th Thursday-Tuesday
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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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