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The Saint-Gaudens $20 Coin

The most beautiful American coin?
An advancing figure of Liberty adorns the 1907 $20 coin, which has been called the most beautiful coin ever produced by the United States Mint. American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed the gold coin in response to a request by President Theodore Roosevelt. An admirer of ancient Greek coins, Roosevelt wanted American coins to reflect the same ageless beauty and strength as those of the ancient world. The reverse of the coin features a flying eagle.

Minted, 1907, in circulation, 1907-33
Gift from Saint-Gaudens to President Theodore Roosevelt
Donated by Cornelius van Schaak Roosevelt, a nephew of the president, 1967
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, born March 1, 1848, Dublin, Ireland; died August 3, 1907, Cornish, NH

Learn more!
· $20 United States Gold Coin, 1849-1933
· Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-sixth President, 1901-1909
· "Virtual" exhibitions based on the NMAH National Numismatic Collections

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