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(1907-1933) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Made of 90% gold and 10% copper, the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold coin is so named after its sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  After a period of declining health, Augustus died in 1907 shortly after completing the design.

The initial release of the Double Eagle was controversial because it lacked the words “In God We Trust.” After intervention by Congress, the words were later added to the reverse of the coin. Historically, the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle coin was used primarily for international commerce where settlement of transactions were to be in gold.  The 1933 mint date of the Double Eagle is perhaps one of the most valuable coins in the world. One known sample sold in 2002 for over seven million dollars.

Due to the popularity of the design, the obverse of the coin design featuring Lady Liberty has been adopted and reused on the more modern American Gold Eagle from 1986 onward.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Gold coin? This can depend on a plethora of factors. Nevertheless, the main factors that will determine the value or worth of your St. Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold are these: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin, (3) the mint mark (e.g., S for San Francisco, D for Denver, and P or blank for Philadelphia), and (5) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Double Eagle coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Saint Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Coin Mint Years: 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933

Double Eagle $20 - Obverse

Double Eagle $20 - Reverse

Obverse - Saint Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold

Sculptor: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Engraver: Charles E. Barber

Reverse - Saint Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold

Sculptor: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Engraver: Charles E. Barber

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    At the turn of the twentieth century, President Theodore Roosevelt sought to beautify and enhance the American coinage.  He proposed the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens as the person of choice to design the new gold coin. Together with Charles Barber, and some not-so-subtle pressure and prompting from President Roosevelt, the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold was able to finally make its first debut in 1907. 

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