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: $1030.00 (11/30/2015)
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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Last Updated: 11/24/2015

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Total Graded: 3664
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 69

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
12/6/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3442
12/6/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3443

Auction Prices Realized

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6/4/1995 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Sale #137, 137/Lot# 5961 $9,900.00
10/30/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2111, 2111/Lot# 2517 $10,976.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3493 $31,200.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4482 $85,100.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5717 $5,875.00
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
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6901 $13,512.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 201699 $25,850.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 11782
Owner: H.I.M.
Grade: MS 66
Points: 8849
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