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Augustus Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Double Eagle

– During his time as president at the dawn of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt took a special interest in the artistic merit of our nation's money – particularly gold coin pieces. He voiced his opinion in a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Leslie Mortier Shaw on December 27, 1904. Roosevelt wrote, "I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage that would have some beauty?"
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