Type 1, High Relief Type 1, High Relief

Type 1, High Relief

Designed by: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Issue Date: 1907
Composition: 90% gold, 10% copper
Diameter: 34 mm
Weight: 33.43 grams (515.99 grains)
Edge: Lettered E PLURIBUS UNUM with stars interspersing
Business Strike Mintage: 11,250
Proof Mintage: Fewer than 25

In 1907 fewer than two dozen examples of the new Saint-Gaudens design were made in Extremely High Relief with concave fields; pieces considered today to be patterns. Following that, pieces in slightly lower relief, but still with a sculptured effect and in high relief compared earlier later issues, known today as High Relief issues, were produced to the extent of 11,250 for circulation. After the relatively small mintage was accomplished, the High Relief format was discontinued.

The obverse of this style depicts Miss Liberty striding forward with radiant sun rays behind and a distant view of the Capitol building, with LIBERTY above and the date expressed as MCMVII in the lower right field. The reverse shows an eagle flying left, Saint­Gaudens' updated version of that found on Flying Eagle cents of the 1856-1858 era, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TWENTY DOLLARS in two lines above. Below is the sun with resplendent rays.

Although 11,250 pieces were struck for circulation, from the very outset these coins sold at a premium and were recognized as collectors' items. As a result, most of the several hundred or more pieces surviving today are in higher grades, primarily About Uncirculated and Uncirculated. Truly superb Uncirculated pieces, without any trace of rubbing on the higher obverse parts, are rare.

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