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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS65
    High Relief, Wire Rim Variety
    Only 12,367 Pieces Struck

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. CAC. Although the obverse of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle harkened back to classical art, the reverse drew inspiration from Longacre's Flying Eagle cent, which in turn was influenced by Gobrecht's 1836 silver dollars. This design originated from sketches by Titian Peale, son of the famous artist Charles Willson Peale and brother of Philadelphia Mint Chief Coiner Franklin Peale. Saint-Gaudens considered the Flying Eagle cent to be his favorite United States coin, and on June 28, 1906, he wrote to President Roosevelt:

    "Now I am attacking the cent. It may interest you to know that on the 'Liberty' side of the cent I am using a flying eagle, the modification of the device which was used on the cent of 1857. I had not seen that coin for many years, and was so impressed by it that I thought if carried out with some modifications, nothing better could be done. It is by all odds the best design on any American coin."

    It appears that Herman C. Hoskier, a banker-turned-scholar, was the first to suggest a flying eagle for the reverse of the double eagle in a now-lost letter to Augustus Saint-Gaudens. At the time, the artist intended to have a winged figure of Liberty on the obverse, and he wrote to Hoskier that he was hesitant about "overdoing the spread wings."
    On June 20, 1906, in response to an inquiry from Saint-Gaudens, Mint Director George Roberts wrote that there were no legal objections to using a Flying Eagle design on the cent, but he was incorrect. When the artist later learned that the eagle was impermissible on the cent, he decided, rather than waste months of hard work, to move the design to the reverse of the double eagle. The obverse was then simplified to avoid having two sets of "spread wings" on the coin, and the Saint-Gaudens double eagle took its familiar form.
    This impressive Gem example exhibits the sharply detailed central devices produced by multiple blows of the coining press, with vibrant mint luster and smooth greenish-gold surfaces. The Wire Rim was produced in the period before mid-December 1907, when metal was squeezed between the collar and the die during striking. This feature was eliminated in later strikings, because of stacking problems, but collectors have always found the Wire Rims endearing. Housed in a green label holder.
    From The Klamath Mountain 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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    January, 2012
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
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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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