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    Gem MCMVII High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty
    Exceptional Satiny Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. As usual, this sale provides a wonderful choice between several High Relief double eagles, providing a wide range of quality, including this amazing Gem. The High Relief double eagles have a medallic appearance that was the intent of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Since he was a sculptor and not so much a coin designer, Saint-Gaudens produced a design that would have been ideal for a commemorative coin or medal, or for some special coinage issue intended for collectors. He had previously designed medals for the Columbian Exposition and Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration. However, that experience was not helpful when it came to the requirements for the high-speed operations of the Mint for a regular issue coin.
    This example is an amazing Gem with brilliant luster and exceptional eye appeal. Both sides are pristine with amazing surfaces that are free from any distractions. This piece actually has many of the characteristics usually associated with those coins certified as proofs. The fields are full of fine, swirling die polish lines, with a heavy buildup close to the borders. The only disqualifying characteristic is the quality of the strike, falling a little short of the requirements for a proof coin. The two grading services, NGC and PCGS, disagree about the status of such pieces. NGC will certify examples of this issue and also the Flat Rim variety as proofs, while PCGS will not grade any High Relief as a proof. We are delighted to offer this Gem example, an exceptional Mint State High Relief double eagle.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2007), lot 2389.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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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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