St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold - MS-64

St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold - MS-64

Considered by many to be the most beautiful of American coins, the $20 St. Gaudens Double Eagle is a prized addition to any collection or portfolio and is often the centerpiece.

This has been certified by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) as a very choice uncirculated MS-64.  Choosing coins graded by a third party adds value and peace of mind by eliminating the guesswork often involved with assigning a grade to a coin as well as assuring the item to be genuine.

The mint luster, clean fields, nice color, crisp details and strong strike all contribute to providing the high grade achieved by this coin.  To fully appreciate a Gold coin an uncirculated example is optimal and one of this pedigree is certain to exude that desired wow-factor.

The history behind the St. Gaudens Double Eagle is remarkable.  President Theodore Roosevelt chose renowned sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign, what he thought was, America’s uninspiring coinage.  Before succumbing to cancer in 1907, Saint-Gaudens was able to complete work on the eagle and double eagle.

The obverse features a full Lady Liberty lifting a torch in her right hand and holding an olive branch in her left, symbolizing enlightenment, hope and peace.  Other symbols present include a star for each state in the Union at the time, the US Capitol Building, and magnificent sun’s rays illuminating Liberty from behind.

These rays also provide a backdrop for the breathtaking eagle in flight that graces the reverse.  At the top are the words United States of America above the denomination of Twenty Dollars.  Below is found the inscription, In God We Trust, which was left off of the first issues of this series to reduce clutter and due to the personal beliefs of the President.  Placing the motto E Pluribus Unum around the edge of the coin further reduces the clutter of the design.

Struck in 90 percent gold, the coin measures 34 millimeters in diameter and weighs 33.4 grams, giving an actual gold weight of .9675 – almost a full ounce.

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