Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1907 Wire Rim High Relief Twenty Dollar, MS65
    Exceptionally Well-Preserved Surfaces

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. Although Hettie Anderson was the original model for Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Victory on the Sherman Monument, he was continually making changes to the figure after it was shown at the Paris Salon of 1899 and the Exposition Universelle in 1900 and before it was inaugurated in New York City in 1903. The cast of the Sherman returned from Paris to Cornish, New Hampshire in the summer of 1901. It arrived in battered condition, a result of the long journey, which Saint-Gaudens saw as a perfect opportunity to make additional alterations. Louise Hall Tharpe explains in her 1969 biography:

    "Saint-Gaudens had seen a new model he wanted for his Victory. She was a young girl named Alice Butler, living with her parents on the main street in the village of Windsor, Vermont. Although not mentioned in Miss Grimes's list of beautiful women, she was so handsome that even the neighbors who had always known her turned to look at her in the streets. She was tall, dark, had a classic nose and short, curving upper lip such as Gus had never seen except on a Greek coin."


    As it turned out, Saint-Gaudens would eventually have the power to indirectly place the girl's portrait on an American coin several years later. The finished figure of Victory would serve as his model for the 1907 twenty dollar gold piece, which President Theodore Roosevelt had specifically wanted modeled after the coinage of the ancient Greeks. This Classically inspired double eagle shows the high relief modeling to full three-dimensional effect. The surfaces are softly frosted, rather than satiny, and each side shows original, slightly reddish-tinted patina. No marks of note are seen on either side. An outstanding High Relief twenty.(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
    August, 2018
    14th-19th Tuesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 445

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    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.

    Order Now! Just $95

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 8 days left to consign to the 2019 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    We will be using HA in the future for some of our numismatic sales, thanks for all the help and guidance!
    Marshall T. ,
    Los Angeles, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 10 Special Offering Error Coins Online Auction
    2019 September 10 Special Offering Error Coins Online Auction
    REALIZED $299,721
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $5,922,924
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $1,890,630