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    MCMVII High Relief Twenty, Nearly Flawless MS66
    A Wire Rim Encircles Almost All of the Margins

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 PCGS. At the dawn of the 20th century America was a changed country. It was quickly changing from an agrarian to an industrialized nation. America's military power seemed obvious, but remained untested until it tipped the scales in favor of the Allies in World War I. The country had a new president after William McKinley was assassinated, Theodore Roosevelt; and Roosevelt had his own ideas about how the new, emerging nation should be governed. Those new ideas also extended to the symbolic. America began empire-building with the Spanish-American War, but Roosevelt brokered peace talks between Russian and Japan (winning him the Nobel Peace Prize).

    Image was of such importance to Roosevelt that it extended down to the coinage in people's pockets. He disliked the unimaginative, low-relief coinage he saw in circulation at the time, and he challenged the country's foremost sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to redesign the nation's coins from the common cent to the twenty dollar gold piece. The process began in early 1905 and eventually only involved two coins, the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces. But his redesign of these coins reflected the societal changes on the horizon, changes that would eventually label the 20th century as the American Century. With his decades-long experience as a sculptor, Saint-Gaudens brought a vibrancy and freshness of design to his High Relief double eagle that was clearly lacking in the Neoclassical designs from the 19th century. Saint-Gaudens insisted his double eagle design be struck in high relief, but in fact this was not just an artist's idiosyncratic demand. It was, in fact, necessary to strike the design he conceived in high relief because he had an almost three-dimensional concept for the figure of Liberty, much the same as the figures on his Shaw Memorial. This high-grade example of Saint-Gaudens' concept for a circulating twenty dollar gold piece is nearly flawless. The satin-like surfaces show no obvious abrasions. The coin has taken on a light reddish patina across both sides and the devices are fully detailed throughout.(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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    April, 2019
    25th-28th 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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