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    Glorious 1907 Liberty Head Twenty, PR64 Cameo

    1907 $20 Liberty PR64 Cameo PCGS. Any representative of the Liberty Head double eagle series in high-grade proof format is a glory to behold. The redesigned gold coins by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Lyon Pratt, which debuted in 1907 and 1908, respectively, had concave fields that were unsuited to the traditional proof gold format, and accordingly were given a matte texture (or textures, more accurately, that vary from year to year and sometimes coin to coin) quite unlike the earlier brilliant or semibrilliant proof finishes seen in the Liberty Head series.
    As a last-year issue of the long-running Liberty Head design, this 1907 proof Liberty Head will likely possess extra appeal for type collectors. Breen's Proof Encyclopedia says tersely:

    "Popular final year of the design, becoming appreciated as such. Date almost centered, slants up; 'broken nose' as in 1906. [Auction citation.] Many survivors are impaired. ..."


    Only 78 examples of the 1907 Liberty Head were recorded to have been produced, and PCGS has never certified a Deep Cameo example of the issue. The present PR64 Cameo coin is at the lower end of the PCGS Condition Census for Cameo coins, tied with eight PR64 Cameo coins and bettered only by two in PR65 Cameo and one in PR67 Cameo.
    At first glance, this coin's appearance suggests a considerably finer grade, a combination of the extremely reflective fields and well-frosted devices producing the gold-on-black contrast that proof gold aficionados admire--as well as anyone else with an ounce of aesthetic sensibility. Further perusal reveals a few wispy marks on Liberty's cheek and in the fields that may preclude an even finer grade, but certainly do not dampen the broad appeal. Population: 9 in 64 Cameo, 3 finer (9/10).(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 26EV, PCGS# 89123)

    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
    October, 2010
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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