The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle is considered by many to be
the most beautiful coin in the history of United States. These coins are highly
sought after by collectors and are a great addition to any investment
Each gold coin contains .9675 Troy oz of gold. The reverse
of the coin is an iconic image of a bald eagle in flight with "United States of
America" and the denomination "Twenty Dollars" above. The obverse is a
depiction of Lady Liberty walking with rays of sunshine at her back, holding a
torch in one hand, and an olive branch in the other. The edge of the coin has
inscribed the motto "E Pluribus Unum."
These gold coins were minted in San Francisco, Denver, and
Dates for the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle are random and
based on availability at the time of order.
President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to make American coinage
more aesthetically pleasing. In 1904, sculptor August Saint-Gaudens was
appointed to design a new coin. Saint-Gaudens had difficulty in designing the
coin based largely on his declining health. Another contributing factor to the
delay of the coin was his high relief design was very intricate and complex,
making it difficult to produce.
Saint-Gaudens actually died in 1907, after completing the
designs for the eagle and double eagle coin. The designs had yet been approved
for production. A few attempts were made to produce the double eagle coin as
Saint-Gaudens had originally designed it but the design was too complicated to
strike. The Chief Engraver of the Mint, Charles E. Barber, made some changes to
the design and lowered the relief so the coin could be struck.
When released the $20 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle proved to
be controversial because the coin omitted the words, "In God We Trust." Despite
the change in design and perceived shortcomings, the coin is considered one of
the most beautiful coins in the history of American coinage. The 1933 Double
Eagle enjoys a mysterious lore among collectors and is one of the most valuable
What is AU condition? AU in coin grading stands for Almost
Uncirculated or About Uncirculated. The higher points of coins in AU condition
have some slight wear. This condition designates coins that have seen minimal
circulation. This wear can be so small that is indistinguishable to the naked