Saint Gaudens Double Eagles

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt had been growing weary of United States coins. “I think the state of our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness.” Said Roosevelt. All of the coins in the early 1900’s depicted a head of liberty on the obverse. On the cent, she wore an Indian headdress, while on the dime, quarter, and half dollar, she looked like a Roman emperor as part of the ‘Barber” series.

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The walking liberty half dollar replaced the Barber half dollar in 1916.

Theodore Roosevelt led the change by employing artists to design new coins. “Would it be possible to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage which would have some beauty?” He asked of his Secretary of the Treasury. Augustus St. Gaudens designed both the ten dollar “eagle.” And the twenty dollar “double eagle.” Other new coins, which were introduced included the Lincoln Cent, Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, walking liberty half dollar, and the Indian head quarter and half eagle. The golden age of American coins had begun.


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Augustus St. Gaudens wanted the double eagle to be a living coin. Read about his double eagle design here.

Augustus St. Gaudens also designed the ten dollar eagle coin. Read about the so-called Indian head eagle here.

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

How much do Saint Gaudens double eagles cost? Go to the Saint Gaudens auction page to find out.

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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