1907 Wire Edge High Relief Double Eagle PCGS MS66

A Gorgeous One

The 1907 High Reliefs are generally acknowledged as THE most beautifully designed circulation strike U.S. coins. They were the result of collaboration between sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (who was encouraged to develop the design by President Theodore Roosevelt) and Chief Engraver Charles Barber of the Philadelphia Mint.  Each coin required three blows from the 150-ton medal press to completely bring up the design, and the planchets had to be annealed between each blow. The average time needed to strike each individual coin was 12 minutes, clearly too slow to strike any large number of coins. By running three medal presses simultaneously and scheduling numerous overtime shifts, the Mint was able to produce a reported 12,367 pieces, before production ceased in early January, enough to satisfy Roosevelt’s desire to showcase the new design to the world.

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