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04 May 2022

Saint Gauden’s Double Eagle

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Saint Gauden’s Double Eagle

This coin is beautiful, sought after, and lovely. However, you may not know a lot about them. Want to know a lot more about these wonderful numismatic objects ( coins) of awesomeness?? Well, let us all begin!!

Considered by some to be one of the most beautiful coins ever produced, and a coin on everybody’s dream list, this coin was made by Mr. Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

He was a French Irish sculptor. He was born in Ireland in 1848. When he was 6 months old, the family moved to New York, and that was where he was raised. When he turned 13, he apprenticed as a cameo cutter for 6 years. After studying this intricate craft, he traveled to Paris to study there. Then, he went to Rome for 5 years.

He was commissioned to make the design of the Saint Gauden’s Double Eagle by President Theodore Roosevelt. His design was accepted. The obverse depicted Liberty standing in the foreground, holding a torch and olive branch. In the background, it depicted the sun’s rays. There was the word “Liberty” over Liberty’s head, and 46 stars, representing the 46 states of the time, lined the rim. To her right was the date and mintmark. In the early versions, the date was in Roman numerals, but later it was changed to Arabic numerals. On the reverse, there was an eagle flying. “The United States of America” and “20 Dollars” were above the eagle. In the background, there was a sun with rays. On the edge of the sun, before the rays began, there was the motto “In God We Trust”. However, the Mint soon found out that the high relief Mr. Saint Gauden’s had designed required 7 strikes and 150 tons of pressure, much too much for common circulation. The Mint lowered the relief for common circulation. Sadly, Augustus St. Gaudins died before the coins ever went into common circulation.

These coins are sought after. However, they are common. At the least, they sell a little over melt. However, some dates are rare. At the most, they sell in the millions!!

Many people have been inspired by the trailblazing St. Gaudin’s Double Eagle. All modern bullion coins feature a slightly modified version of the old St. Gaudin’s design. However ( sadly), the reverse is completely different. In 2009, the US Mint issued a commemorative extra- thick St. Gaudins’ Double Eagle, in honor of the extremely iconic coin design.

Countless coin clubs use the St. Gaudin’s Double Eagle as their mascot, and many Numismatic ( coin) museums have at least one, if not more, of these coins in their collection.

This is a very beloved design.


I hope you learned stuff in this article. However, this is just a tidbit of what is out there! Just remember, learn, learn, learn!






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Level 6

Excellent written information for a blog, would have been nice to see at least one coin photo. Thanks for your essay.


Level 6

Nice blog! Good information. I'd love to own a Double Eagle! Maybe I'll get one of PAN's raffle tickets! ; )


Level 6

Very nice blog. Lots of facts. I have one suggestion, don't use Wikipedia as a source. It's just junk.. Other than that, great job. Thanks.

It's Mokie

Level 6

My State coin club PAN (Pennsylvanian Association of Numismatists) is actually selling chances to win a Double Eagle right now. The drawing will be 21 May at the Spring PAN show. $10 a chance, you can buy tickets here at pancoins.org. Winner need not be present.


Level 7

Same here! I wish they had more. Good write up on a great coin. Someday I will own one. Its on my bucket list!

Long Beard

Level 5

What a coincidence, I'm registered to win 1924 PCGS MS65. Perhaps reading your blog is a sign considering I don't have a specimen yet.

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