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    1907 High Relief Double Eagle
    Still Impressive at the XF40 Grade Level

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim XF40 PCGS. John Dryfhout has been recognized for decades as an expert on the works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In his first work, from 1974, where he examines the development of the designs of Saint-Gaudens' ten and twenty dollar gold coins, he sums up the design difficulties and resultant aesthetic effect of the High Relief twenties:

    "The 1907 United States coinage well deserves the praise that has attended it. Consider the problems of a frontal pose, in relief; the introduction of a landscape and background into the composition on the twenty dollar piece, the simplicity and strong lines of the standing eagle and head on the ten dollar piece, and perhaps most important, the impressionistic effect of the undulating surface captured in the deep relief of the experimental pieces - indeed these are among the most beautiful coins ever minted."



    The relief, landscape, and background are still apparent on this XF coin. Apparently carried for a while as a pocket piece, the high points show obvious friction, but the striding figure of Liberty designed in high relief is still evident. Bright, reddish-tinted surfaces show no obvious or detracting signs of contact.
    <<blockquote>R(Registry values: N2998) (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
    August, 2019
    14th-18th Wednesday-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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