Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,367
Catalog: KM-126
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1253.49 (8/20/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Plain.
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 PF obverse 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1907 High Relief Double Eagle is one of the most popular coins ever struck by the United States Mint. The coins are sculptural in appearance and are considered by many to be the most beautiful regular issue gold coin ever produced. Unfortunately, the design was also impractical and redesigned by Charles Barber later in the year. The date is given in Roman numerals (the coins nickname by some) and lacks the Motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. President Roosevelt believed that money could easily be used for ungodly pursuits such as gambling and thus the name of the Lord should not be used on coinage. The 1907 High Relief is categorized by most as either Wire Rim or Flat Rim. The coins are identical except for raised metal around the rims. This is probably the result of some tinkering by the Mint while they struggled to produce coins with such extreme relief. Around the late 1960s or early 1970s experts began to describe certain 1907 High Relief Double Eagles as Proof. These coins are certainly different, but not exactly like the latter Proof Double Eagles of the series. There are no mintage figures and the origins of the coins are a mystery. The coins have deep swirling die lines and exhibit a satiny surface similar to the Roman finish Proof gold coins. A fairly large number exist and it is my opinion that they are the result of experimentation with the new design by Mint employees. Many, if not the great majority of the original mintage was saved when the 1907 High Reliefs were issued. Thousands still exist and most seen are in some form of Mint State. Gem examples can easily be purchased if budget permits. A few nearly flawless examples are known. The finest High Relief graded by NGC is a PF 69 that sold for $534,000 in 2005.


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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 239
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 69


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7/11/2005 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2064, 2064/Lot# 2512 $20,900.00
11/3/2005 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6527 $264,500.00
2/9/2006 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 3496 $35,937.50
7/30/2008 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2073 $53,762.50
1/6/2010 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2284 $48,875.00
10/24/2011 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 630, 637/Lot# 1411 $33,350.00
12/16/2011 PCGS PF 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19430/Lot# 1082 $35,100.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(4), 1166/Lot# 4601 $172,500.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6327 $21,855.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111269634434256468947935201583665457746919011754127571622320323
1111111899294537144400472349295412607269458227100441208813912175890
000000189929453714440047234929541260726945822710044120881391200
0000001179731943985454447585065562463087345870810899124221506700
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