Stunning 1907 Wire Rim Eagle, MS65+
    The Third Frank A. Leach Specimen

    1907 $10 Wire Rim MS65+ NGC. As Mint Director, Frank A. Leach was closely involved in the Saint-Gaudens eagles and double eagles. He worked closely with President Roosevelt, the Saint-Gaudens estate, and Mint personnel. Leach discussed his involvement in Recollections of a Newspaperman:

    Three models of the new design were made by Saint-Gaudens. Five hundred trial pieces were struck from the first model, and 34,100 [sic] pieces were struck from the second model, but all of this lot were subsequently remelted except forty-two coins, which, with those of the first lot, were given to museums of art and officials and others connected with the work. Dies from the third model were found to work satisfactorily in the ordinary coining presses.

    Today we recognize the "first model" as the so-called Wire Rim pieces, although Roger Burdette prefers the term "Knife Edge." The "second model" are the Rolled Edge pieces, which might also be called "Normal Edge" coins, and the "third model" are the 1907 No Periods eagles that remain plentiful today.
    The brilliant straw-gold luster of this beauty is consistent with all Wire Rim eagles. Both sides exhibit the heavy die polish that creates those distinctive surfaces. The strike is bold, including all of the intricate detail that Saint-Gaudens created. This piece has an elongated horizontal copper spot in the left obverse field at about 9 o'clock, midway between the border and the nose.
    Ex: Frank Aleamon Leach; Abraham Powell Leach; Florence Gertrude Leach; Col. George Monroe.
    From The Colonel George M. Monroe Collection.
    See lots 5221, 5222, 5238, and 5305 for additional gold coins with the Leach provenance.

    Florence (Plant) Leach, known to her friends and relatives as Floss, and her twin sister, Jane (Plant) Monroe, were Canadian citizens who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Already honors nursing graduates, the Plant twins attended basic and advanced Army training together and remained together on Army nursing assignments, including service in the brutal conditions of the New Guinea jungles. Jane's son and consignor to the present sale, Col. George Monroe, notes that President Franklin Roosevelt personally approved the request of the two young nurses to serve together.
    Following the war, Floss served wounded soldiers as a Veterans Administration nurse in Portland, Oregon, and in San Francisco. In California, she met Abe Leach and served as a private nurse to his first wife. After the latter passed away, Leach asked Floss to marry him, which she did in 1960. While Abe Leach passed away in 1962, his widow lived nearly 50 more years and passed away in May 2009.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 8850)

    Weight: 16.72 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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