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    1907 Wire Rim High Relief Twenty
    AU Details

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim -- Cleaned -- PCGS Genuine. AU Details. Art critics are usually able to associate an artist with a particular movement that was current at the time. While Augustus Saint-Gaudens was surrounded by Neoclassicism and schooled in the Beaux Arts styles that characterized sculpture in the latter half of the 19th century, he nevertheless produced works that are distinctly American. The High Relief double eagle was classically inspired by the Nike of Samothrace, then adapted to give the central figure of Liberty a forward thrust that was enhanced even more by the high relief details. With rays of sunlight behind, the entire obverse design suggests the dawn of the American century. The passage of time has not diminished the grand design of Saint-Gaudens, and it speaks as eloquently and powerfully today and it did in 1907. This piece is lightly hairlined, but the central figure of Liberty as well as the eagle are fully rendered and stand out boldly from the surrounding fields. Light reddish patina is seen over each side.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    23rd-26th 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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