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    1907 High Relief Twenty Dollar, MS67
    Wire Rim
    'Relentless Pursuit of Perfection'

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS67 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Throughout his career, Augustus Saint-Gaudens felt a push-pull between the Old and New Worlds. His education was certainly French, grounded in the École des Beaux-Arts, yet the subjects of his sculptural works were invariably American. He missed being in the center of the artistic world, and established himself and his studio in Paris three times between 1874 and 1901. Paul Bion and Frederick MacMonnies were the artists who most encouraged Saint-Gaudens to return to Paris in the 1880s and 1890s. Not only did Saint-Gaudens long for the art life in Paris, but Bion's letters urged him to return to the center of the artistic center of the world. This played into Saint-Gaudens' relentless pursuit of artistic perfection. That pursuit of perfection lasted throughout his career and for numismatists culminated in the production of the High Relief double eagles in the last year of his life, 1907. This High Relief exemplifies that pursuit of perfection. The surfaces are bright and satiny with just the slightest tinge of even reddish patina over each side. Fully struck in all areas.(Registry values: N10218)

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

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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