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    Extraordinary 1907 High Relief Twenty
    Wire Edge, MS66

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 PCGS. This extraordinary Premium Gem that has exceptional aesthetic appeal. The surfaces are satiny and lustrous, with brilliant light to medium yellow color. Pristine and exceptional, one of the most attractive Premium Gem High Relief double eagles we have had the pleasure of handling, this piece has few peers for the grade. It has bold design definition, exactly as Augustus Saint-Gaudens envisioned.
    When President Theodore Roosevelt planned the creation of new designs for all U.S. coins, he began with the gold, and hired Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the nation's premier sculptor at the time, to model the new designs. Progress was slow, with many setbacks under the administration of Mint Director George Roberts. His replacement, was Frank Leach, who arrived in Washington to assume his duties on October 1, 1907. A short time later, Leach met with President Roosevelt, and less than 30 days later he had more than 12,000 of the High Relief double eagles coined.
    Leach later commented, "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 popularity of these coins, the ultimate achievement of the coiner's art, is greater than for any other individual type. No other U.S. coinage issue is the subject of such intense demand. Wire Edge Population: 65 in 66, 20 finer (6/09).
    From The Wisconsin Gold Type Set Collection.(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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    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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