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1922 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle


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On December 27, 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt, a personal friend of Saint-Gaudens, wrote to his Secretary of the Treasury, Leslie Mortier Shaw: "I think the state of our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage which would have some beauty?" The result was the first American coin designed by someone other than a national mint employee, done in a strikingly high relief that would ensure its engraving lasted throughout the generations. This gold coin represents a time of prosperity and promise in the United States of America, and is a tangible piece of the American dream.

Graded MS 63 by PCGS. 

Value 20 United States dollars
Mass 33.431 g
Diameter 34.1 mm (1.342 in)
Edge lettered "E PLURIBUS UNUM"
Composition 90% gold, 10% copper
Gold .96750 troy oz
Years of minting 1907–1933
Mint marks Lacks mint mark, so most likely minted in Philadelphia.
Design 48 stars with "In God We Trust" on the reverse.
Designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Design date 1912
Design discontinued 1933