1907 High Relief-Wire Edge $20 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle PCGS CAC AU55
This Saint Gaudens gold Double Eagle $20 has been graded and certified AU55 by PCGS. The coin is also CAC approved!
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History of the High Relief Coin
This beautiful, high-relief strike is one of the most coveted U.S. coins in history. It is known as one of the most embellished and stunning designs struck on gold. The High Relief coin was designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens and has almost a sculptured appearance. The 1907 date has a low mintage of 11,250 with about 8,000 known to exist today. The date is shown in Roman numerals MGMVII and the normal motto “In God We Trust” is not on the coin. President Theodore Roosevelt’s philosophy was that God should not be used on coinage since money could be used for “Ungodly pursuits” like gambling. His suggestion was incorporated into this design.
Proof coins exist, however there are no published mintage numbers. Some think that this was not an official act of the U.S. Mint, but individuals working at the U.S. Mint at the time changed the design. The highest known grade of this coin is PR69 and only two are known to exist today.
Due to the extreme high relief of the coin, including this 1907 High Relief-Wire Edge $20 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle PCGS CAC AU55, the mint struggled to produce them with the high speed press. Therefore the U.S. Mint was forced to change the design slightly during production. This resulted in the Wire Edge and a Flat Edge. After the public release of the coin, it was determined too impractical for normal monetary use due to such a high relief. Later in 1907, Charles Barber redesigned the coin with the standard, shallower relief.
This 1907 High Relief-Wire Edge $20 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle PCGS CAC AU55 is historical and will make an excellent addition to any collection!