MCMVII (1907) High Relief $20, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS
Although produced in far greater numbers than its Ultra High Relief predecessor, the MCMVII High Relief double eagle still did not see active commercial use. In fact, the coins seem to have been struck at the express request of President Theodore Roosevelt. The president considered the redesign of United States coinage as one of his pet projects, and he was growing impatient at the delays encountered with adapting and finalizing the original Saint-Gaudens design for regular issue production. The High Relief pieces were struck to mollify the president, and most were used as presentation pieces (examples were even gifted to the captains of the battleships in the Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the globe from December 1907 to February 1909).
While most extant High Relief twenties are Mint State from never having seen circulation, most survivors are also noticeably abraded or otherwise limited in grade by having been owned by the general public as opposed to numismatists. A noteworthy departure, this gorgeous piece is fully Select in quality with virtually no distracting abrasions or other blemishes to report. Bathed in handsome medium-gold patina, and with a full strike and billowy mint luster, this enchanting piece is sure to have no difficulty finding its way into an advanced cabinet. (PCGS 9135)