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$20 Saint Gaudens
$20 Saint Gaudens
$20 Saint Gaudens
$20 Saint Gaudens
$20 Saint Gaudens
$20 Saint Gaudens

$20 Saint Gaudens


  • Gold Content – 0.9675 oz.
  • Gross Weight – 33.436 g
  • Composition – 90% gold, 10% copper
  • Coin Diameter – 34 mm
  • Thickness – 2.41 mm
  • Mint Dates – 1907-16; 1920-33
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Overview

The Saint Gaudens gold coin is named for its designer, American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Among coin collectors, it is often known as the “$20 Saint” or the “$20 St. Gaudens.”This $20 gold coin is the last-issued circulating U.S. gold coin and thought to be one of the most beautiful and rare.

Design

President Teddy Roosevelt engaged his friend and prominent American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to design new $20 and $10 gold coins to improve the artistic quality of American coinage.The obverse (front) shows Lady Liberty holding a staff and olive branch, walking out of the sun. “LIBERTY” arcs above her, and stars representing the number of states (46, 1907-11; 48, 1912-33) hug the rim. This design was so popular that the United States Mint used the same design for the modern American Eagle coins. To the right of “LIBERTY” is the date, which was cut in Roman numerals, “MCMVII,” on some 1907 coins.The reverse of the $20 Saint Gaudens has a bald eagle flying across the sun. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “TWENTY DOLLARS” span coin’s top. “IN GOD WE TRUST” is beneath the eagle, except for some coins minted in 1907 and early 1908.The first $20 Saint Gaudens were controversial because they omitted “In God We Trust,” in contrast to other U.S. gold coins minted in this period. President Roosevelt felt the motto disrespectful to God as the coins could be used in such places as bars, brothels and gambling establishments. But Congress interpreted Roosevelt’s decision as an attack on religion and passed an act adding the motto in mid-1908.

Minting

The first $20 Saint Gaudens were a trial, never intended for circulation. Only 16-22 of these were minted. Each was relatively thick and struck in ultra-high relief, looking more like a medal than a coin. These experimental pieces had a much higher relief than later issues and connected directly to the edge without a border, resulting in a very sharp appearance. Only a few of these coins are available today. Later in 1907 through 1933, they were struck in flat relief.

Valuation

This is a premium coin, meaning the coin’s price includes a premium above the melt value of the precious metal it contains, which includes Augusta’s margin. This premium is solely determined and controlled by Augusta, based on factors Augusta deems valuable in determining and controlling such premium. Other retailers may not recognize the premium value that Augusta recognizes for this premium coin and may only be willing to pay as little as the melt value for this coin (the value of the precious metal that the coin contains). If you sell this coin to a retailer that does not recognize the premium value assessed by Augusta at the time of sale, then such sale may result in significant losses. Augusta cannot guarantee that it will buyback any item it sells and cannot guarantee another retailer will purchase this premium coin.

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