Saint Gaudens In God We Trust

double eagle no motto

above: 1907 St. Gaudens double eagle without motto "In God we trust."

below: The motto "In God we trust" was added above the Sun on the reverse.

double eagle with motto

Neither Theodore Roosevelt nor Augustus St. Gaudens wanted the motto "In God We Trust" to appear on the coins. For Roosevelt, it was a matter of religion. He felt it highly inappropriate to place the name of God on a coin, especially since some coins might be used for criminal activities.

For St. Gaudens, the motto would have created unwanted clutter for the design. All of the 1907 coins and most of the 1908 coins were struck without the motto. Congress intervened and forced the mint to add “In God We Trust.” Starting in the middle of 1908, coins were minted with the motto. The design continued until the end of the series in 1933.

 

the end of the series

The St. Gaudens double eagles were minted from 1907 through 1933 (with some gaps). In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt put a sudden halt to the minting and distribution of all gold coins. Read about the end of the St. Gaudens series.

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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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