$20 Pattern Coin, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Less than two dozen of these coins were struck. This kind of relief was never intended for a circulating coin, because it took nearly a dozen passes through the press to achieve. We should instead see these marvelous coins as testimony to the human spirit and to human curiosity: just how much relief could you obtain, and how long would it take to create it?
This ultra high relief twenty has pedigree as well as beauty in its favor. Presdient Theodore Roosevelt gave it to his daughter as a Christmas present in 1907. Augustus Saint-Gaudens had presented it to the president, and it may have been the first piece struck. Roosevelt's daughter donated this coin to the Smithsonian in 1961.
[reference no. Judd 1778]
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Object Name
date made
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: .4 cm x 3.42 cm; 5/32 in x 1 11/32 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States: Pennsylvania
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
National Treasures exhibit
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
United States, Twenty Dollars, Pattern, 1907
Credit Line
Mrs. Richard Derby
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