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    1907 High Relief Twenty, MS65+
    Remarkably High Wire Rim on the Obverse

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65+ NGC. President Theodore Roosevelt's progressive inclinations and personal experiences informed his view that art, like nature, could have a positive influence on national life. The president saw coins not only as a medium of exchange but also an artistic expression of the ideals of aspirations of the nation. If he could reform the "artistically atrocious hideousness" that characterized American coinage, then it would have a considerable impact on improving the material conditions of its citizens.

    Roosevelt called upon Augustus Saint-Gaudens to design the new coins. The men agreed that the high relief ancient Greek coins should serve as inspiration for the new eagles and double eagles. From 1905 through 1907 Roosevelt, Saint-Gaudens, and Mint officials worked to produce the gold pieces. Saint-Gaudens did not live to see the production of 12,367 High Relief twenties in December 1907. Still, the coins are among the closest representatives of the artist's original vision that collectors can obtain.

    This is an extraordinary exemplar of Saint-Gaudens' vision. As one would expect from the grade, there are no noticeable interruptions in the thick, reddish-gold satiny mint luster. From 12 o'clock to 5 o'clock on the obverse rim, the extruded metal that makes what we know as the wire rim is remarkably high.(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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    April, 2015
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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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