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    Rare Proof MCMVII High Relief Twenty

    1907 $20 High Relief PR62 NGC. While the characteristics of proof High Reliefs are generally well known to advanced students of this series, they may bear repeating here to refresh the memory of those who do not see these special coins on a regular basis. Taken from Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia, the most widely accepted diagnostics for proof strikings for the High Relief include:
    1. Sharp inner border on both sides.
    2. All berries in the obverse olive branch are well rounded.
    3. The Capitol building on the obverse is fully brought up with distinct pillars.
    4. The eagle's tail feathers are distinct all the way up to the right reverse border.
    5. The edge letters are bolder than those seen on business strikes, and there are horizontal striations between them.
    6. No more than a trace of a wire rim is evident on either side. An unknown (but small) number of proof High Relief twenties were struck in 1907, and these coins are always the subject of intense interest from collectors when one enters the marketplace. This is an attractive example that shows the exceptionally crisp definition one expects of a proof striking. The bright and satiny surfaces show a slightly muted overlay of green-gold patina. The only marks of note are a squiggly lintmark from the eagle's wing to the rim under the U of UNITED, and a shallow scratch from the obverse rim at 10 o'clock to the base of Liberty's torch. (NGC ID# 28AX, PCGS# 9132)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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