The new designs for Gold coinage created in 1907 were intended
to replace the Liberty Head Series of designs used since 1849.
To capture the essence of the early 1900's American spirit, one of the country's best known sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens,
was enlisted to create what has become his most famous work of art, the $20 gold piece named in his honor.
The $20 Saint-Gaudens is the is first classic Gold coin that most new collectors start with due to availability,
high quality, and prices that are still well under $1,000 for mint state condition examples. These
magnificent coins are American antiques from 75 to 100 years old.
Naturally, Better Date, Rare Date, and higher grades command much higher prices. But for most new
collectors, under $1,000 examples make since for up to 100-year-old Gold coins that contain nearly an ounce of Gold.
Everyone Should Own a Saint
Listed below are two rare Saint-Gaudens beauties. The first is the 1907 High Relief.
There has never been a more beautiful or more uniquely minted coin in U.S. history than the 1907 Saint-Gaudens High
Relief. Struck up to 9 times each on super presses, the coin exhibits some of the remarkable fine details ever
captured on the face of a U.S. coin.
The high relief was so difficult to consistently mint, and so costly, that the 1907 Saint-Gaudens were uniquely a one year mintage.
"Notorious" 1908 Saint-Gaudens No Motto
For new collectors, acquiring the 1908 "No Motto" version with the missing "In God We Trust" along with
any other Popular Date Saint gives you two nice examples to compare and contrast. The photo below shows where to look for the Motto.
When first released in 1907, the new
Saint-Gaudens coins enjoyed very little circulation among the American public.
Back then $1.00 a day was an average working man's pay, so $20 would represent a month's wages.
However, once newspapers ran articles denouncing the new coins removal of "God We Trust" motto, there was a huge public outcry.
In 1908, the designs were changed and the motto added back leaving coin collectors with two very interesting varieties to collect.