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    1907 High Relief Twenty, Bright MS65
    Just a Trace of a Wire Rim is Present

    1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. One of the most talented American sculptors of the late-19th century inexplicably received little attention when two of his most important works, the Admiral Farragut Monument in New York and the Standing Lincoln bronze statue in Chicago, were dedicated. The New York Herald wrote, "There could not have been less than ten thousand people" at the Farragut's dedication, singling out a variety of specials guests -- none of them Saint-Gaudens. For the dedication of the Standing Lincoln, the New York Times wrote at great length about the casting of the bronze statue without ever mentioning Saint-Gaudens. In response, the Chicago Tribune noted: "The way many newspapers report the unveiling of statues suggests the question whether the sculptor is as important a person as the bronze founder. ... the sculptor cannot be found even in the list of 'distinguished visitors... .' "

    The Times provided a similarly dismissive treatment of the artist for the release of the High Relief double eagle in 1907, focusing on stacking issues and what the paper called the eagle's "pantaloon" legs. Today, Saint-Gaudens' design is considered the most beautiful American coin ever produced. This Gem certainly displays why it is still so highly regarded more than a hundred years after minting. The surfaces are bright and satiny with a pronounced yellow-gold color and almost no trace of the usually seen reddish patina. Fully struck throughout. This early NGC holder makes no mention of the coin's status as a Wire Rim or Flat Rim. We have listed it as a Wire Rim only because there is just the slightest trace of "finning" that can be seen on the rim on each side.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9135)

    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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    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two 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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