Saint Gaudens Double Eagles

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For his double eagle, Augustus Saint-Gaudens wanted to design a "living coin." The action was depicted on the obverse with the figure of liberty running towards the observer. The version of liberty was based on the Nike of Samothrace. Her gown has a wet appearance allowing the underlying muscles to become visible -- a techniique common in ancient Greek sculpture. In one hand, she hold the olive branch representing peace. In the other hand she holds a torch, representing enlightment. The obverse also contains the word "Liberty" and stars around the coins rim.

The reverse of the coins shows an eagle soaring above the sun. It includes the words "United States of America" and the denomination "Twenty Dollars."

The double eagle was originally struck in high relief. The motto In God We Trust was added in 1908.



Saint Gaudens Double Eagles were minted in Philadelphia (no mintamark), San Francisco (S), and Denver (D).

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Teddy Roosevelt liked the design of the ten dollar eagle but made one radical suggestion: Add an Indian headdress.

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Neither Augustus St. Gaudens nor Teddy Roosevelt wanted the words In God We Trust on the coins. Click on the link to find out why.

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