||1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS63 NGC. CAC. Commissioned by President Roosevelt in 1907, famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens prepared new designs for the double eagle, fashioning his models after the sculptural relief and beauty of ancient Greek coinage. The obverse portrayed a figure of Liberty striding forward in a flowing gown, derived from the female Nike on his 1903 Sherman Victory Monument. That figure was modeled after Harriet "Hettie" Anderson, one of Saint-Gaudens' favorite models. The new designs required a minimum of three blows from the dies to fully bring up the details, according the research of numismatic author Roger Burdette, which resulted in much-decreased production efficiency. As a result, Chief Engraver Charles Barber lowered the relief of the designs after only 12,367 pieces were struck. The early High Relief type is now considered by many to be the epitome of U.S. coinage perfection and artistic excellence. The piece here offered beautifully showcases Saint-Gaudens' majestic designs, with virtually no significant surface flaws to dampen the visual appeal. Rich peach-gold luster envelops each side in satiny radiance. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $25850.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.