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    1907 High Relief Twenty Dollar, PR65+
    One of the Finer Pieces Seen

    1907 $20 High Relief PR65+ NGC. Proof High Reliefs are controversial today -- NGC recognizes them, PCGS does not -- and they will likely remain a topic of dispute far into the future. What is clearly lacking in support of the production of proofs is any documentation from the Mint, its officials, or contemporary collectors. Which means proof status must stand or fall on the coins themselves.

    Scott Schechter from NGC has identified three obverse and six reverse dies used to produce High Relief double eagles. These dies were combined to form 13 different die marriages, with eight die pairs employed in striking the fin rim ("Wire Rim") coins, and four die pairs used to strike the Flat Rim specimens. Of these various combinations, only a single die pair has been singled out for use to strike proof High Reliefs. This single die pair was also used with a single tripartite collar previously used to produce several Ultra High Reliefs, the B-3, or Edge B-II, serif-letters collar listed by Roger Burdette.

    All of the coins from this single die pair and collar share common diagnostics. The two most easily seen diagnostics -- clearly seen on this piece -- are a heavy die line that runs through the base of the Capitol dome, and two lines that emerge from in the field below the base of the branch held in Liberty's right (facing) hand. Also diagnostic, and again easily seen on this piece, are the raised die lines within the raised portion of all the sun's rays, following the direction of the die recesses.

    This is an especially attractive proof. The surfaces are satiny and bright yellow-gold with no noticeable contact marks. As one would expect, the strike is complete throughout.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28HM, PCGS# 9132)

    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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    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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