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    Remarkably Preserved Gem MCMVII High Relief Twenty

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. The High Relief Double Eagles with Wire Rims were struck before those with Flat Rims. In fact, the latter variety was created as a result of fixing an internal mint problem that was revealed when these first examples were struck. According to contemporary reports, it required three blows from the dies to bring up all the detail on these coins. During this difficult minting process, considerable metal was forced into a minute space that existed between the dies and the retaining collar that was used to prevent outward expansion of the metal. The result was what is known today as a Wire Rim and is a collectible variety. In mint parlance of the time, this was called a "fin" and was considered undesirable. The problem was not immediately fixed, as today the Wire Rim coins are actually more plentiful than those with Flat Rim.
    This example has satiny yellow-gold luster with very sharp design features. Although a few minor surface marks are noted, this coin easily qualifies as a Gem and will be a prize for the new owner. Die polish lines are visible in the fields, although they are very light.(#9135) (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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2005
    21st-24th Wednesday-Saturday
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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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