Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,367
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1820.42 (10/31/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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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: 8/20/2020

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1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3709
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 69

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1127111320262580246623016837529713391362841-3709
---------------12-32--8
---------12-15183919112---98
-----------------11---2
Total11271113202625812486230268877010113601483461-3817
 0%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%1%2%6%2%8%18%20%26%9%4%1%0%0%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1907 HIGH RELIEF $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4694474448414888493554175466556356565747592260896753719873178383102261178214880186512207933674
471147764857490450965433549855945686580559786310690172387672899710745128151613719794259440
00000054985594568658055978631069017238767289971074512815161371979400
00000055315625571758646033653270507277802896121126313847173942093600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 10867
Owner: GROVER COLLECTION
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 10867
Owner: H.I.M. Collection
 
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