20 $ Gold Saint Gaudens USA
20 $ Gold Saint. Gaudens USA
Diameter: 34,20 mm.
Gross weight: 33,436 gr.
Fine gold weight: 30,09 gr.
Sealed and granted by Numismatica Terziani
History of $20 Saint Gaudens gold (1907-1933)
In an effort to to raise the artistry of America's coinage, President Teddy Roosevelt engaged his friend and America's foremost sculptor, Augustus-Saint-Gaudens, to design new $20 and $10 gold coins.
The obverse (front) depicts Liberty holding a staff and olive branch as she walks from the sun. The date appears to the viewer's right of Liberty (the date appeared in Roman numerals "MCMVII" on a portion of the coins minted in 1907). The word 'LIBERTY' arcs above her. Stars representing the number of states in the union (46 from 1907-11 and 48 from 1912-33) curve around the rim
The reverse (back) of the $20 St. Gaudens gold coin features a bald eagle gliding across the sun. The words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "TWENTY DOLLARS" span across the top of the coin.
In contrast to other gold coins minted during this period, the $20 Saint-Gaudens omitted the inscription "In God We Trust" (hence the name "No Motto"). President Roosevelt felt the motto and reference to God should not appear on coins that could be used in transactions in brothels, saloons and gambling halls, making them "close to sacrilege."
Despite his motivations, the public construed the omission of this motto as an attack upon religion. The resulting uproar quickly led to a Congressional Act restoring the inscription which was added in mid-1908.
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