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    Gem 1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. CAC. While opinions of the artistry exhibited by the Saint-Gaudens coinage designs are nearly uniformly high today, it is important to remember that initial reactions were more mixed, particularly among those who valued practicality and uniformity over aesthetics. While the eagle came in for more extensive criticism, even the now-venerated High Relief double eagle suffered its share of indignities. In his Renaissance of American Coinage 1905 - 1908, Roger W. Burdette quotes one Talcott Williams, writing for the February 1908 edition of what he termed "a publication of art and design," The International Studio:

    "To those trained by earlier models, the designs of Saint-Gaudens are the only ones in our day above the mere draughtsman's level. Little more depressing has occurred in our day than the baiting these coins have had from newspaper and sciolist. No application of art to familiar objects is possible where men are wedded to their preconceptions and are ignorant of the succession of art."

    Today, the High Relief double eagles are virtually irresistible to collectors, especially when they are so well-preserved as this charming Gem. With no significant distractions on either side, one is free to appreciate the sculptural qualities of the beautifully detailed central devices. A prominent wire rim around the obverse further reinforces the bold strike. While the lustrous reverse is generally yellow-gold, subtle peach and orange elements grace the smooth fields to either side of Liberty. PCGS has certified 83 finer examples (8/08).(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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