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    1907 Flat Rim High Relief Twenty, MS63
    'We Know What We Like,
    But We Don't Know What That Means'

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS63 PCGS. An 1889 article in The New York Times had a lengthy summary of the state of sculpture in America, which is best summed up in its leading sentences: "It is plain that sculpture is on an entirely false basis with us. It is an exotic. It does not enter into our daily lives, nor belong to the list of luxurious necessities like water colors and oils." Sculptor and art critic Lorado Taft made a pointed extension of this state of sculpture in America when he wrote: " ... we know what we like, but we don't know what that means." Over a lifetime of monumental sculptures and bas-reliefs, Augustus Saint-Gaudens moved the American perception of sculpture as "exotic" to something more frequently encountered. This is especially evident with the limited production run of 12,367 double eagles struck in high relief - a three-dimensional design for coinage that was adapted from the figure of Nike (Victory) in the Sherman Monument, located at the south entrance of Central Park. Beginning in 1907, anyone who could afford a High Relief twenty dollar gold piece had immediate access to the formerly "exotic" art of sculpture. This is an especially attractive example of the High Relief by Saint-Gaudens, a coin that exhibits thick, satiny mint luster and rich reddish-tinted peach color. The strike is sharp. A faint vertical hairline scratch is seen with a loupe in the right reverse margin.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)

    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
    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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