1907 Arabic Numerals Double Eagle, MS68
1907 $20 MS68 PCGS. Ex: Fox-Simpson. After Augustus
Saint-Gaudens' death on August 3, 1907, his assistant Henry Hering
attempted to modify his high relief design for the double eagle to
make it practical for high-speed coinage operations. Unfortunately,
Hering's attempts were not successful and it was left to Mint Chief
Engraver Charles Barber to make the final adjustments to the
design. Under considerable pressure from President Theodore
Roosevelt to get the job done, Barber lowered the relief
considerably and changed the date from Roman Numerals to Arabic
Numerals, touching up some finer details by hand. Unfortunately,
the compromises in design resulted in some lack of detail on the
working dies, giving the coins a slightly flattened aspect, even
when fully struck.
Important First-Year Issue
Single-Finest Certified Example
The first coins of the Arabic Numerals design were delivered on December 3, 1907, but problems with the three-part segmented collar delayed production for another 13 days. Philadelphia Mint personnel made heroic efforts after the problems were solved, and succeeded in striking 361,667 double eagles of the new design by the end of the year. President Roosevelt expressed satisfaction with the result and the general public embraced the new design enthusiastically for its obvious artistic merit. Many high-quality examples were saved for their novelty value, making the 1907 one of the most available dates of the series in high grade.
The present coin is a magnificent MS68 specimen, the finest ever certified by either PCGS or NGC (5/21). The surfaces project a frosty appearance with vibrant mint luster and terrific eye appeal. Variegated peach, orange, and greenish-gold coloration with subtle accents of rose and powder-blue covers each side. The design elements are exquisitely struck, with fine definition apparent on the Capitol, on the leaves beneath the rock, and on the eagle's feathers. The pristine surfaces display no mentionable marks. For the Registry Set enthusiast, there is no adequate substitute for this finest-certified example. Pictured on PCGS CoinFacts. Population: 1 in 68, 0 finer (5/21).
Ex: Phillip H. Morse Collection (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 6530, as MS67 PCGS, realized $48,875; Rollo Fox Collection (Heritage, 1/2020), lot 4002, realized $120,000.(Registry values: N1)
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F5, PCGS# 9141)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this artistically inspired series of gold coins.
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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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