For many collectors and noncollectors alike, the 1907 Saint-Gaudens,
High Relief gold $20 double eagle by famed American sculptor Augustus
Saint-Gaudens is an impressive and beautiful object. It is often the
first major purchase for a collector and it has always been an
expensive and aspirational trophy.
Thankfully its mintage of 12,367 pieces enjoyed a high survival rate
since people kept them because of the novelty of the high relief
design (which was a stark departure from the Coronet design by James
B. Longacre, used on circulating double eagles from 1850 through
1907). This means there are many examples in nearly all grades above
Very Fine, but even the lowest-end examples are pricey additions to a collection.
Saint-Gaudens double eagle: The
early 20th century was a golden age of U.S. coin designs, and
perhaps the most memorable of these classic designs is the
contribution made by the famed sculptor-engraver Augustus
much are Saint-Gaudens double eagles worth?
We profile a recently sold entry-level example in this Market Analysis:
Entry level: 1907 Saint-Gaudens, High Relief gold double
eagle, AU Details, Cleaned
The 1907 Saint-Gaudens, High Relief double eagle is a showpiece even
when it has problems. Because of its unusual high relief, people have
long tinkered with examples in an effort to improve the appearance.
Typical impairments include cleaning, polishing and scratches, with
many used in jewelry that show evidence of prior mounting on the rims.
As with all large-denomination gold coins, the rims are problematic
because gold is a soft metal and even one drop can cause a rim ding.
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This example graded About Uncirculated Details, Cleaned, by
Professional Coin Grading Service sold for $6,462.50 at an Oct. 3,
2016, Heritage auction.
Is coin jewelry a form of self-expression or
mutilation?: Inside Coin World:
Jewelry made from coins can be found for sale all over the
Internet, and even at major coin shows. Is it numismatic art or
It was brighter than usual and had a handful of small abrasions
scattered across each side, but was still a presentable double eagle
that represents about the lowest price for one of the coins. Other
examples below the $7,000 level are often well-worn — Very Fine
examples are sometimes seen — or show traces of a former life in jewelry.
Keep Reading This 1907 Saint-Gaudens, High Relief Double Eagle Analysis:
What makes this 1907
Saint-Gaudens, High Relief gold double eagle a high-end example?:
This means there are many examples in nearly all grades above Very
Fine, but even the lowest-end examples are pricey additions to a collection.
Saint-Gaudens double eagles: When 'mid-level' issues cost as
much as a car:
In the mid-range for a 1907 Saint-Gaudens, High Relief $20 coin are
the Mint State examples typically at the MS-61 to MS-63 level.