20 Dollars, United States, 1907

Description
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]
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1907
designer
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
mint
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
city
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
province
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .4 cm x 3.42 cm; 5/32 in x 1 11/32 in
ID Number
NU.NU71628
catalog number
NU71628
accession number
236191
Credit Line
Mrs. Richard Derby
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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