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    1907 High Relief Twenty Dollar, PR67
    Among the Finest Known

    1907 $20 High Relief PR67 NGC. Specialists in the Saint-Gaudens series of double eagles will long remember this auction for its offering of two high grade proof High Relief twenties: the finest known, and this piece that is tied for third-finest. As an introduction to the subject of proof High Reliefs, the NGC Coin Explorer website contains a balanced view written by Jeff Garrett. In part, he states:

    "Around the late 1960s or early 1970s experts began to describe certain 1907 High Relief Double Eagles as Proof. These coins are certainly different, but not exactly like the later Proof Double Eagles of the series. There are no mintage figures and the origins of the coins are a mystery. The coins have deep swirling die lines and exhibit a satiny surface similar to the Roman Finish Proof gold coins."

    Each coin that has been designated as a proof by NGC was struck from the same pair of obverse and reverse dies. However, what sets these pieces apart is the little-viewed edge. These pieces were struck from one tripartite collar that was used on some Ultra High Reliefs. This collar shows the following characteristics:

    • A series of diagonal lines that move diagonally upward from the left side of the segment between the S of PLURIBUS and the star.
    • Recut B at the top of PLURIBUS.
    • Notched upper serif of the U in PLURIBUS.

    It takes effort to angle the coin to view these diagnostics, but the encasement makes it possible to do so. The surfaces are indeed satiny. High Reliefs in general have a satiny appearance, but on this piece the finish is noticeably pronounced. Of course, all details are fully impressed, as one would expect from a proof; all the other surfaces diagnostics are easily viewable -- the diagonal die scratch through the Capitol, the two branching die lines that emanate from the bottom of the torch, and the die lines within the sun's rays on the lower reverse. Bright yellow-gold color is seen throughout this magnificent specimen. This is an unusual opportunity for the collector to bid on one of the finest proof High Reliefs known.
    From The James Dines "Original Goldbug" Collection.

    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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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    18th-20th Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 26
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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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