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1907 High Relief Twenty, MS65
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. Ex: Simpson.
Throughout his career, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens did many
low-relief portraits, most of wealthy patrons. When one examines
these portraits what is remarkable is the appearance of depth he
was able to achieve, mostly through the skillful use of shadows in
the subject's hair and clothing. It can almost be called a trick of
the eye how these low relief portraits achieved the appearance of
dimensionality. On the other hand, there are his portraits done in
high relief, such as the Shaw Memorial and the High Relief double
eagle that actually thrust the figure(s) forward from the
background, and achieve dimensionality in real space, not just by
shadowing. Both formats equally inform the viewer of the subject's
appearance. The reason numismatists remain intrigued by the High
Relief twenty dollar is because it is so unlike any coin struck in
modern memory. As President Roosevelt pointed out to Saint-Gaudens
in early 1905, he wanted American coinage that was reminiscent of
the high relief coins struck in ancient Greece. It required two and
a half years to achieve that goal, but once struck the 1907 High
Relief twenties went to the top of the list of collectors' favorite
coins. This Gem example displays the enduring popularity of this
single-year issue. The rich, satin-like surfaces are unaffected by
any noticeable contact marks and the strike is strong throughout.
Just the slightest bit of reddish patina is present.
Reminiscent of Ancient Greek Coinage
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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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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