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    MCMVII High Relief, PR63
    Rarely Seen Proof Striking

    1907 $20 High Relief PR63 NGC. The exceptionally strong strike on this piece is just one of several characteristics that distinguish this piece as a proof. The pillars on the Capitol building are fully delineated and the letters at the top of the reverse are completely separated from the nearby rim. In addition to the extraordinary sharpness seen on proofs, other characteristics include: sharp inner borders on each side, all berries are rounded, no trace of die erosion, numerous bold die polishing lines on both sides in a swirling pattern (more pronounced than on business strikes), uniformly satiny surfaces, and a build-up of metal just inside both borders most likely caused by the extreme compression from the additional strikes on proofs.
    This example displays all the required characteristics. The satiny surfaces are bright and show occasional, scattered handling marks. The most obvious contact mark is located between the eagle's upper wing and the O in DOLLAR. Proof High Reliefs are second only to Ultra High Reliefs in order of importance to collectors, and like the Ultra High Reliefs they most accurately reflect the design intentions of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. (NGC ID# 28AX, 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 Dates
    February, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
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