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Lot 3179

1907. High Relief, Roman Numerals, Wire Rim. PCGS graded MS-64. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A nice well struck example.The more easily obtainable variety of this hugely popular 20th century gold work of art. Moreover, it is an eye-appealing coin, a very choice representative. There is a slight pinkish tint over satiny, well preserved surfaces while any contact marks are limited to a few trivial blemishes that are all but invisible. If the potential bidder is weighing the rather substantial investment necessary to acquire a nicer High Relief Saint, this one comes highly recommended. Pop 1,046; 364 finer (PCGS # 9135) .

How can any coin sale be complete without at least one offering of this beautiful and respected High Relief Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece struck in 1907. The coin is an example of the so-called Wire Rim variety, in which a "fin" of metal was forced up between the dies and the restraining collar during repeated impressions. Often 3 to 5 blows by the dies were used to strike these fully. The surviving numbers of the High Relief twenties has always been a subject of discussion, but survivors in better grade were clearly set aside at the time of issue and remain treasured possessions today. The designer had the date in Roman numerals, MCMVII -- a first on an American coin design -- and the designs themselves he rendeered in sculpture-like high relief, the main attraction.
Estimated Value $22,000 - 23,000.

Realized $27,600

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