MCMVII (1907) High Relief $20 Wire Rim
A phenomenal strike has rendered one of the most impressive 1907 High Relief Roman Numeral Saint-Gaudens double eagles that we have seen in quite some time. Liberty appears virtually animated, the folds of her gown amplified, textured and billowing. The rays of the sun stand bold, as does the Capitol Building with even the minute columns clear, and this generally crisp relief extends to the reverse as well, where one will find the eagle in ample definition. We note a medium orange-to-greenish gold hue, a color so trenchant and deeply set as to seem inseparable from the satiny and ubiquitous mint bloom. As is common to both proof and business strike formats, the surfaces on both sides of this Gem reveal a texture seemingly unique to the High Relief double eagles - magnified inspection reveals countless, swirling, as-made raised die striations, reflective of the constant maintenance and care bestowed upon the dies which struck these coins. Meanwhile, in our admiration of this lovely feature, we did find the occasional tick, none of which merit individual distinction.
With an original delivery of just 12,367 pieces, and arguably one of the most electrifying designs to have ever appeared on any U.S. denomination, the entirely redesigned High Relief double eagle is possibly the most widely pursued and immediately recognizable issues regardless of type or series. Indeed, this mintage figure and spectacular aesthetic appeal is a formula that consistently yields hefty premiums at auction. We expect interested bidders to spare no expense when attempting to acquire such a rewarding numismatic treasure.
United States President Theodore Roosevelt procured the services of the most renowned sculptor of the era in order to produce an entirely new set of circulating coinage that would rival the zeniths of the Classical period, and emblemize the nation's ever-growing prosperity and burgeoning world power. Saint-Gaudens, and assistant Henry Hering, thus created the High Relief double eagle, however, because of the tremendous pressure required to raise the designs, a wire rim usually formed between the collar and dies, and thus stacking, an apparent necessity, was rendered virtually impossible. (PCGS 9135)