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    Impressive 1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Twenty, MS66

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 PCGS. 1907 High Relief twenties are not rare; PCGS alone has certified nearly 4,000 examples. However, high grade specimens are scarce. There is a precipitous drop beyond the near-Gem level in both the NGC Census Report and the PCGS Population Report, which is understandable considering the history of this incredibly popular issue. When released in 1907, the Saint-Gaudens High Relief double eagles were a welcomed departure from the mundane circulating coinage of the preceding decades. For this reason, those able to do so saved the High Relief twenties as souvenirs, or gave them as gifts to friends and family--many of whom were noncollectors. As such, these majestic coins were subjected to well-intentioned cleanings, used as pocket pieces or, worse yet, were displayed in various forms of jewelry. The limited number of examples that survived in high grades through the years mostly exist due to the foresight and careful custodianship of experienced numismatists.
    The Wire Rim version offered here is one of only 64 thus certified by PCGS at the MS66 level, with just 20 grading finer as of (1/09), although both totals likely include resubmissions of numerous coins. While that number may seem high to some, the collector--and even noncollector--demand for High Relief double eagles exceeds the supply of Premium Gem or better specimens.
    This lovely honey-gold offering possesses rich luster and eye-appealing surfaces that are pleasantly free of distractions, as one should expect of a Premium Gem piece. We note two minuscule toning spots in the vicinity of Liberty's left arm only for the sake of future identification of this splendid High Relief twenty. Prepare for spirited bidding.(Registry values: N10218) (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
    February, 2009
    5th-8th Thursday-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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