MCMVII (1907) High Relief $20 Wire Rim MS65 NGC
One would have to go back over 2,000 years into the arena of Greek numismatics to find a coin design as impressive as Augustus Saint-Gaudens' high relief coinage. Long considered "America's Most Beautiful Coin", Saint-Gaudens did a fantastic job of creating a new double eagle design to replace that of the long running Coronet Liberty head created by James Longacre. Since their introduction in 1907, High Relief specimens have been sought after by almost all collectors - even those with no numismatic exposure are always dazzled to see such a beautiful coin.
This is simply a phenomenal example of a Classic U.S. coin design. Multiple impressions of the dies on a medal press led to this piece being struck up in such high relief. Satiny luster and uniform yellow-gold color accent the already impressive visual appeal. Raised die swirls are seen in the fields, and velvet-like luster shifts on the top of Liberty's gown. The eagle is bold, lustrous and mark-free, and the wire rim is complete around each side. Specimens existing above this grade level are few and far between and with the prices of MS63 and MS64 examples continually increasing, the astute buyer would do well to acquire this magnificent Gem example. (PCGS 9135)