1907 ULTRA HIGH RELIEF $20 GOLD ST GAUDENS
PCGS PR58, J-1778/1907One of Only Two Such Coins Known... 1907 $20 Ultra High Relief, Sans Serif Edge, Judd-1907, Pollock-2001, R.8 PR58 PCGS Secure.
''I think it would be best to know at once if there are not some inflexible modern requirements that necessitate extreme flatness.'' Said Augustus Saint-Gaudens to Treasury Secretary Leslie Mortier Shaw, on January 2, 1906.
This excerpt from Augustus Saint-Gaudens' letter establishes the tension that would carry forth for the next two years through the design and striking phases of the new twenty dollar gold coin. This tension would persist even after the sculptor's death in early August 1907.
In 1907 Mint Engraver, Charles Barber supervised the Proof MCMVII High Relief double eagle production himself. Proofs were struck seven times by dies inserted into the Mint's hydraulic medal press with 150 tons of pressure in order to bring the features up to full detail.
Both obverse and reverse exhibit gorgeous color and surfaces, with bold devices, and free from marks. Every element and intricate feature of the design is crisp and the overall strike is full. This historic specimen has aesthetic eye appeal that stands out from most other 1907 St. Gaudens High Relief coins.
This is a supremely well-preserved proof of this highly regarded Saint-Gaudens issue. A very small number of extraordinary specimens meet the criteria for proof status. 1906 Style Lettering. E*P*L*U*R*I*B*U*S*U*N*U*M*. Judd-1907 (formerly Judd-1778), Pollock-2001. Only two known.
Legendary for its beauty and always popular with collectors and investors alike, as a cornerstone coin in any numismatic collection. This is truly a superb representative of Saint-Gaudens' High Relief $20 in Proof condition. The MCMVII issues of 1907 are highly cherished by collectors and investors and are one of the favorites in all American numismatics. Proofs issues are considered the crème de la crème.