1907 High Relief $20 Wire Rim NGC MS66 - $67,000. Click on Coin Image to
SATIN SURFACES. The exquisite example offered here is
truly pristine in every respect. Glorious and resplendent
surfaces shimmer in yellow golden hues beneath thick
creamy luster. The medallic strike is hammered and bold
providing razor sharp detail on the sculpted devices.
It is scarcely imaginable that there is a finer example
of this issue in existence anywhere.
to own one of these amazing coins is certainly a privilege
for the elite numismatist and to locate a specimen in
such a lofty grade as MS66 is exceptional good fortune
that must be seized upon. The consummate American coin,
this is a museum piece that is worthy of inclusion in
the very best of the best numismatic collection. MAGNIFICENT
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1907 $20 Saint-Gaudens,
High Relief, Roman Numerals (MCMVII), Wire Rim. It was
the intention of President Theodore Roosevelt, who hand-selected
Saint-Gaudens to redesign the $20 gold piece, that our
coinage should receive a face lift and be elevated to
the level of artistry achieved by the ancient Greeks.
He believed that coinage was reflective of the society
that produced it and wanted designs befitting our status
as a major world power and leading democracy. America’s
largest circulating denomination coin, the gold double
eagle, was to be the centerpiece of this renaissance.
Saint-Gaudens’ rendering of Lady Liberty on the
obverse and a flying eagle on the reverse certainly
achieved the desired result.
Though hailed as an
aesthetic triumph at the time, the High Relief Double
Eagle was quickly deemed impractical for circulating
coinage due to problems stacking the coins as well as
the multiple strikes needed to produce them. After minting
just 12,367 pieces (inclusive of both Wire Rim and Flat
Rim varieties) the relief was lowered and the date modified
to Arabic numerals. Some 361,667 of this latter type
were then minted in 1907. These fabulous numismatic
masterpieces have been extremely popular with collectors
from their very inception but with the release of the
2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle last year, interest
in this issue has soared to new heights.