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Lot 4037

1907 $20 St. Gaudens. High relief, wire rim. PCGS graded MS-66. Magnificent! The satiny smooth surfaces are immaculate. An famous $20 gold piece that needs little introduction since the amazing photographs do it full justice. This coin is bumping up against the superb MS67 Gem grade level. The luster flows up and over both sides like a swirling ocean of molten gold, as does gorgeous, original, vivid-gold color. The outward appearance is smooth and consistent without variation or dull areas, everything glows in an almost hypnotic satiny hue as the coin dips into the light. The strike is typically knife-edge complete for a high relief coin that was given approximately five blows from the dies. The surfaces are undeniably pristine with no outwardly noticeable handling marks, and certainly none that would seem to preclude an even finer grade. This is one of the most beautiful High Relief $20 gold pieces to appear in a sale this year, one destined to find a place of honor in an advanced U.S. gold collection.

For the obverse design of the 1907 $20 gold piece, the artist selected a standing figure known as Fame and originally created as part of the Sherman Victory monument erected in Central Park, New York City. Some modifications were made, such as removal of two large wings behind Fame, but the goddess remains essentially the same. In the background is a depiction of the United States Capitol building and rays of the sun. Pop 62; 15 in 67; 3 in 68; 1 in 69. (PCGS # 9135) .
Estimated Value $50,000 - 60,000.
The Victor Kramer Collection.

Realized $74,750

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