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|
|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.|