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    1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS66
    Sought-After, Limited-Mintage Issue
    High Relief, Wire Rim

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 NGC. Augustus Saint-Gaudens' High Relief double eagle has often been called America's most beautiful coinage design, but the high relief of the design elements made high-speed coinage of the issue impossible. Frank A. Leach is one of the best known of all Mint personnel. His eventful career began in 1897 when President McKinley appointed him as superintendent of the San Francisco Mint. He was Superintendent when the earthquake struck San Francisco and the Mint building was one of the few left standing. President Theodore Roosevelt named him Mint Director and he began his tenure on October 1, 1907. Later Leach wrote his memoir, Reflections of a Mint Director. In it he recalled the production of High Relief double eagles:

    "I had every medal press in the Philadelphia mint put into operation on these coins with an extra force of workmen, so that the presses were run night and day. The officers of the mint entered into the spirit of the work cut out for them, putting zest into the operations which assured me that the issue of the new double eagles, so greatly desired by the President, would be made on time. In fact, we delivered to the Treasurer of the United States 12,153 double eagles, representing $243,060, which was considerably more than asked of us, several days ahead of time."


    The "zest" the Mint officers put into the production of the High Relief twenties is abundantly clear with this coin. This delightful Premium Gem exhibits the sharply detailed central design elements of both sides in sculptural high relief. A high fin, or Wire Rim, is evident around the circumference of the coin, caused by metal that was extruded through the narrow gap between the collar and the die during the striking process. The well-preserved orange-gold surfaces radiate vibrant mint luster, with outstanding eye appeal. Census: 25 in 66, 7 finer (5/21).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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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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