St Gaudens Gold Double Eagles
The St Gaudens Double Eagle - A brief history
The $20 St Gaudens (a.k.a. Saint
Gaudens) Gold Double Eagle was first minted in 1907 by the U.S.
Mint in Philadelphia.
Designed by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens (a noted sculptor of the day) at the
request of President Theodore Roosevelt, the $20 St Gaudens
replaced the $20 Liberty
- in circulation since 1850.
A total of 11,250 St Gaudens
high-relief coins were minted in Philadelphia with
a Roman numeral date of MCMVII. Today, these coins (even
circulated coins in Very Good condition) are worth several
thousand dollars. Later in 1907, flat-relief "Saints" were minted
with Arabic numerals (1907) and continued that way until 1933.
St Gaudens Double Eagle - Facts and Details
The $20 St Gaudens Double Eagle
features Standing Lady Liberty on the obverse side. A modified
rendition of this popular design was adopted for the Gold American Eagle. The reverse features the
image of an eagle in flight amid rays from the sun.
The mint mark is on the obverse side
just above the date. Mint marks are "D
for the Denver
Mint and "S"
for the San
Francisco Mint. If no mint mark appears, it was minted
by the Philadelphia
The St Gaudens Lady Liberty design
was only used on the $20 double eagles. Eagles ($10),
Half-Eagles ($5) and Quarter-Eagles ($2.50) used an Indian Head
design beginning in 1907. More
details on this popular gold coin ...
"No Motto" St. Gaudens
The first St Gaudens Gold Double
Eagles were produced without the motto "IN
GOD WE TRUST". A total of of 361,667 "no motto" Saints
were produced in 1907 and 4,271,551 in 1908 by the Philadelphia
Mint. In addition, the Denver
Mint produced 663,750 "no motto" Saints in 1908.
In 1908, the Philadelphia,
Denver and San
Francisco Mints began producing St. Gaudens Gold Double
Eagles with the motto "IN
GOD WE TRUST". This continued until 1933 when on April 5,
1933, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order
confiscating most gold from private ownership for U. S. citizens.
Roughly 70 million (70,000,000) St
Gaudens gold coins were minted between 1907 and 1933. About
five million (5,000,000) "no motto" Saints and 65 million
GOD WE TRUST" Saints were minted. No one knows for sure
how many made it into circulation. In the last year they were
minted (1933), none of the 445,500 Saints were place into
$20 St Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Weights/Measures
Gold content= .9675
Troy ounces, Face value=$20.00, Gold purity = .9000, Gross
Weight=1.0750 Troy ounces (33.436 grams), Net weight=.9675
Troy ounces (30.0925 grams)
are wonderful gold coins.
If you are at all interested in owning historic gold coins, the
$20 St. Gaudens Gold Double Eagle should be high on your list.
The Saint is a popular gold coin and
you can expect to pay a pretty good premium over spot gold,
especially for uncirculated coins. By shopping around your
savings can be significant.
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