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With a rich history of minting amazing coins, it is quite an honor to be considered the most beautiful coin ever struck in the United States. Such is the honor bestowed upon the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Coin. Despite a brief production that spanned just 26 years, it still considered the pinnacle of US coin minting today. You now have the chance to purchase a $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle from Silver.com in almost uncirculated condition.
President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Augustus Saint-Gaudens to design an image for a $20 gold coin that would breathe new life into American coinage. Saint-Gaudens began designing the images on the obverse and reverse of the coin in 1904, but his declining health delayed completion of a final design until 1907. Unfortunately, Saint-Gaudens died before the coins were officially struck and distributed.
Saint-Gaudens’ designs for the $20 Gold Double Eagle were not without controversy. His image of Lady Liberty was designed in high relief, a feat not possible for the US Mint at the time. The original image on the obverse side was used from 1907 until 1911 because it only contained 46 stars. The addition of two more states resulted in an updated design with 48 stars for the remainder of the coin’s production life.
Additionally, his bald eagle design for the reverse had to undergo a slight change after the first year of production as well. Saint-Gaudens’ did not include the phrase “In God We Trust” on the 1907 coins. Congress intervened, and from 1908 until 1933, the coins were struck with the phrase included on the reverse.
Saint-Gaudens’ image of Lady Liberty features her striding forward with a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. His eagle design on the reverse side of the coin features a bald eagle in flight, with the brilliant rays of the sun rising up to greet the eagle.
The United States Mint struck $20 Saint-Gaudens’ Gold Double Eagle coins between 1907 and 1933. Today, his images have been reimagined by the US Mint for use on many other coins, like the the American Gold Eagle, the nation’s official gold bullion coin.
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