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    1907 $20 PR 63 SEGS. The exact mintage of the 1907 (MCMVII) High Relief double eagle as a proof is unknown. According to Walter Breen, "Charles E. Barber gave out the information that only 5 were struck on the medal press, but this was an outright lie as he owned seven or more himself." Proofs were made on several different occasions for presentation purposes from more than one of the pairs of dies used for this issue with two different edge collars, and in several different finishes. No matter what the actual production was, this is an exceedingly rare coin and the first we can remember handling in many years. Struck in a satin finish, portions of a wire edge are seen through the holder, identifying this piece as one of the later coins produced. All diagnostics match those as listed for the proof issues including slight weakness on the 13 rays of the sun. Even seven blows with the medal press proved insufficient to bring up all the detail on this coin.
    Struck in bright, yellow-orange gold, close examination reveals several trivial scuffs in fields that undoubtedly account for the conservative grade. For pedigree purposes, a pair of microscopic contact marks are seen under Liberty's right (facing) arm and the olive branch. Another is seen just under the ends of her flowing hair. We are extremely proud to be able to offer this outstanding piece of American numismatic history. (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9204)

    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
    July, 2000
    11th Tuesday
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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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