St. Gaudens $20 "Double Eagle"

St. Gaudens $20 "Double Eagle"

In late 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt criticized the ugliness of American coins, which he felt paled into insignificance in comparison to the more beautiful coins of ancient Greece. The renowned American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens was thus asked to redesign both the $10 Indian Head "Eagle" and the $20 Saint Gaudens "Double Eagle".

Minted from 1907 to 1933, Saint Gaudens $20 Gold coins are the most highly prized of all U.S. gold coins. Also called Double Eagles due to their $20 value, they superseded the $20 Liberties, minted from 1850 to 1907, as the only other existing $20 coin. Double Eagles have 90% purity and contain .9675 oz of gold.

Initially largely minted without the motto "In God We Trust", under the specific instruction of the President, the phrase was omitted in all of the 1907, and a very small portion of the rare 1908 $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coins. However, both Congress and the American people regarded the omission of the motto as a flagrant attack on religion. Consequently, in 1908 a Congressional Act restored the inscription. This remained in place until 1933 when coin striking for circulation ceased

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