1907 $20 High Relief-Wire Edge MS (PCGS# 9130)
Auctioneer: Ira & Larry Goldberg
Lot Number: 1304
Grade: Proof 66
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In NGC holder 1938714-001. Frosty and well struck. A dramatic specimen of the Roman Numerals [MCMVII] $20, this piece has been classified as a Proof 66 by NGC. Opinion is still up in the air as to whether Proofs were actually made. PCGS does not acknowledge them, nor did Bowers in his <I>A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins.</I> Yet, Walter Breen in the <I>Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Proof Coins</I> not only recognized them, but gave rules for identifying them. Proof attributions appear to be from more modern times, since no citations have been found in numismatic catalogues before the 1970s. Neither Roger W. Burdette nor Q. David Bowers, both of whom have studied the subject intensely, can apparently find any archival record.<BR> <BR>With this as background, the Gem Proof 66 offered is a desirable, superlative as well as attractive coin, a treat to the eye. Something perhaps worth adding to the smooth finish is how desirable this coin is with its precision strike at Liberty's gown and bodily features, throughout the eagle's plumage, and not limited to that but including the long trailing "flight feathers." Putting it together into a brief review, this specimen has some of the best details we have seen on any Roman Numerals High Relief double eagle in many years. Examine it closely, develop your own estimation as to value, and bid accordingly. It certainly is a resplendent gem! Pop 10; 11 finer, 9 in 67, 1 in 68, 1 in 69</B>. <BR>Estimated Value $70,000 - 80,000.