United States $20.00 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle 1907-1933
As the U.S. the 20th century, Augustus Saint-Gaudens was widely recognized as the nation’s preeminent sculptor. However, after having his magnificent design for the official medal for the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition attacked as “obscene” (the reverse of which depicted a nude of a Grecian youth holding a torch and wreaths for the victors) St. Gaudens vowed that he would go to the grave before having anything further to do with the Mint Bureau.
$20 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Specs
Diameter: 1-1/3” (34 mm)
Weight: 516 grains (33.47 grams)
Composition: 90% gold – 10% copper
Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Engraver: Charles E. Barber
Mint Marks: Philadelphia(none) Denver(D) SanFrancisco(S)-found above date on obverse.
Obverse: Full length portrayal of Liberty striding forward extending the“Torch of Liberty” in her right hand and an olive branch in the left. Rays (behind), LIBERTY (above) with stars around plain border. The U.S. Capitol Building in lower left field with the date in lower right field.
Reverse: Eagle in flight among sun rays from lower edge. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and denomination TWENTY DOLLARS (above in two lines) around plain border. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST(beginning partway through1908) at base of rays, above top edge of sun.
Edge: Stars and letters E PLURIBUS UNUM.