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    MCMVII High Relief Twenty Dollar, PR67+
    Exceptional Surface Preservation

    1907 $20 High Relief PR67+ NGC. Undoubtedly, proof High Relief twenties will remain controversial long into the future of numismatics. The case NGC has claimed for the production of proofs rests on interesting and fairly convincing diagnostics. In our 2018 reference Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, Scott Schechter stated:

    "Numismatists Walter Breen and David Akers were both of the mind that proof coins were struck and exhibited satin surfaces, numerous die lines and sharper detail. But neither attributed proofs to a single die pair. By the mid-1980s, however, coins struck from just one die marriage and one collar were associated with these special features and singularly called proofs. The collar identified for striking proofs was used only with this one die pair and was never used again with other dies to make High Relief double eagles. As a result, the collar is now referred to as the proof collar."

    Proofs were struck using a collar previously used to strike Ultra High Reliefs; specifically, the serif-letters collar described as "Edge 3" or "Edge B-II" by Roger Burdette. All proof High Reliefs are Wire Rim variants and all share three diagnostics:

    • Two faint die lines that emerge from the base of the branch.
    • A die line that runs through the base of the Capitol dome.
    • Die lines that are visible within the raised portion of the sun's rays on the reverse.

    All of these characteristics are present, and additionally there are innumerable swirls of die polish in the fields on each side. As expected, each side displays a pronounced satin-like texture and the strike is full. The bright yellow-gold surfaces show a slight tinge of reddish patina. An outstanding proof High Relief and one of the finest we have ever handled. Census: 18 in 67 (3 in 67+, 1 in 67 , 2 in 67+ ), 4 finer (4/20).

    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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