$20 ST GAUDENS N/M CERT
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The design elements are identical to the high-relief design that was minted in 1907, the devices are simply not as raised above the field. There are some minor differences in the length of the rays on the obverse. Some coins have short rays as depicted above. The versions with longer rays can be distinguished by looking at the ray closest to the olive branch in Liberty’s left hand. On the long-ray variety, the ray just about touches the branch, unlike the short ray seen above. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was not placed on this coin, at the direct order of President Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a devoutly religious man and felt it wrong to have God’s name on a coin that may be used for immoral purposes.
Saint-Gaudens never saw his artwork become an actual circulating coin; he died in August of 1907 shortly before the coins were struck. To solve the problems inherent with high reliefs, new copy dies were to be mechanically produced using the original high-relief models. Mint Engraver Charles Barber, wanting to make his own dies, said the mechanical reduction process was not practical. The resulting Barber version was, in Breen’s words “a travesty of St. Gaudens’ original concept”. Even acknowledging that statement, the coin is still considered to be the prettiest one the nation ever produced.
A LITTLE STICKER MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Within each number of the coin grading scale is a small range of condition from low-end to high-end. Certified coins of the same grade can be of varying quality. Many of today’s collectors want coins that are solid or premium quality for their assigned grade. CAC holds coins to a higher standard so you can be confident in the value of yours. We verify previously graded coins … and award our sticker only to those coins that meet the standard for today’s selective buyer.
WHAT THE CAC STICKER MEANS:
- Verified. Your coin has been verified as meeting the standard for strict quality within its grade.
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CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community, including John Albanese, a respected authority on coin grading and the rare coin market.