Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,250
Catalog: KM-126
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1192.73 (10/23/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Plain.
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS obverse 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS 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 PR 69 that sold for $534,000 in 2005.


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1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3641
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 69


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
11/10/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 4144
11/10/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 4141
11/10/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 4140
11/15/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3418
11/15/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3417


Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/18/2003 NGC F 15   Teletrade Auction 1740, 1740/Lot# 1431 $4,070.00
3/24/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 7405 $23,000.00
4/27/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6915 $8,625.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2185 $16,100.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3322 $11,040.00
3/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 742, 751/Lot# 733 $24,101.00
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2086 $31,590.00
3/23/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 179118 $10,455.50
3/23/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180926 $14,300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3122328137473971474852895627593360896189633464286694706278658372101881178214853186292174933674
317534363821423049285401572959856122623763656516681673298034897710719128051611119669257240
00000057295985612262376365651668167329803489771071912805161111966900
00000058316037615562856396660569397597820395821125013829173702070900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 11782
Owner: H.I.M.
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 10188
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
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