In or just before 1907, St. Gaudens designed what he envisioned what he preferred for the double eagles to come until their end in 1933. It was Lady Liberty with an Indian Headdress on, which some might consider odd, but I think they were beautiful. But apparantly he got over-ruled and had to design the Lady Liberty as we all know and then, again, got over-ruled having no "In God We Trust motto. The president did not want any Godless commie rats to infiltrate our coinage! In 2017, the National Park Service had some commmemoratives minted in Germany with St. Gaudens original "INDIAN" version.
What is a little confusing to me is that, is that I thought they were all struck in high relief, as were their silver sister issues. then, I came across a coin, or more accurately, an NGC
label which said that at least this one coin was a UHR, or ultra high relief. The wording on these were about the same, but the words on the label were jumbled around a bit between the HR and UHR labels.
Does anybody have a clue as to why? Same year, same coin, same grading company, same metal, same grading, same weight, same both Mercanti's. I have followed these coins for years and quite frankly I am stumped. If anybody has an informed, knowledgeable opinion as to why, I would appreciate it. Uniformed, ignorant opinions are welcomed as well. Btw, the image that you see of the UHR-labeled medal is the only one I have ever seen. Do you think that it is truly an UHR as some kind of marketing gimmic, a mistake, would it be a true UHR and have more relief than the common HR medals, or ?.
From what I understand, the final grade on any coin submitted to either NGC
is to be agreed upon by several graders, does the same standard apply as to the relief? Has anyone else seen a UHR example? The NGC
numbers verification has apparantly lumped the UHR in with the HR versions.
Any guesses? Again, any opinion is welcome. And if it is a UHR, why is it thrown in with the "regular" HR crowd numbers... no separate catagory. it's like saying the 1907 high reliefs are the same as their later regular relief
brothers minted from 1908 on.