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The 1908 Saint-Gaudens Walking Liberty Double Eagle (Twenty Dollar Gold Piece)

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1908 Saint-Gaudens (No Motto) Walking Liberty Double Eagle; Designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; Weight 33.436 grams; 90% Gold/10% Copper; Diameter 34mm.
The 1908 Saint-Gaudens (No Motto) Walking Liberty Double Eagle U.S. Gold Coin ($20 Gold Piece)

The 1908 Saint-Gaudens (No Motto) Walking Liberty Double Eagle U.S. Gold Coin ($20 Gold Piece)

Photo (c) Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
This 1908 example of the legendary Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle (or $20 Gold Piece, as many people call it) is noteworthy for its lack of the motto "In God We Trust." When famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens redesigned the $10 and $20 denomination gold coins in 1907, his good friend President Theodore Roosevelt asked him to omit the motto, because Roosevelt didn't believe God's name belonged on coins. The public outcry resulted in quick action in Congress, and in mid-1908, by Act of Congress, the motto was restored. This specimen was minted before the restoration, and was dealer graded MS-62. It sold for $750.00 in June of 2006.
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