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1907 Gold Double Eagle, Ultra High Relief, Lettered Edge

Date Updated: 6/10/2010

Near-Perfect 1907 Ultra High Relief, PR69 PCGS

This 1907 $20 Gold Double Eagle was auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries on November 2, 2005 for $2,990,000.00 (including all auction fees). The following is an excerpt from Heritage's website. For a complete description of this pattern coin, please visit 1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS.

Theodore Roosevelt understood the importance of the appearance of American coins. To that end, he challenged America's foremost sculptor to alter the coinage then in circulation, coins Roosevelt considered to be artistically of "atrocious hideousness." Ultra High Reliefs were struck seven times on a medal press in order to fully bring up all the details in the dies. Also, they were annealed between strikings. This annealing process heated the coin to a cherry-red color and then cooled in a weak solution of nitric acid. The result was a coin that had a surface of nearly pure gold. This annealing process gives Ultra High Reliefs an even more distinctive appearance. Each side is bright, shimmering pure gold with no variation between fields and devices

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Detailed Coin Specifications

Description1907 Standing Liberty (Saint Gaudens) Double Eagle Ultra High Relief
Denomination$20 (Double Eagle)
CountryUnited States
Coinage TypeCirculation Coinage
MintU.S. Mint
Weight33.436 g 0.9675 oz AGW
Diameter34 mm
Edge TypeLettered
Description ObverseRoman numerals in date
Description ReverseNo motto below eagle
Designer ObverseAugustus Saint-Gaudens
Designer ReverseAugustus Saint-Gaudens
NotesThe "Roman numerals" varieties for 1907 use Roman numerals for the date instead of Arabic numerals. The lettered-edge varieties have "E Pluribus Unum" on the edge, with stars between the words.
Issue date1907
Composition 0.900 part gold, 0.100 part copper
Diameter 34 mm
Weight 516 grains
Edge Lettered E PLURIBUS UNUM with stars interspersing
Business strike mintage11,250
Proof mintage Fewer than 25

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