United States, 20 Dollars, 1907

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 6/11/2009

This is the fifth object in the Roosevelt/Saint-Gaudens object group.


In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt asked sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to lead an effort to redesign American coinage. Saint-Gaudens developed a design that many consider the most beautiful American coin ever conceived. Work on the production version of the coin progressed through the winter and spring of 1907. Sadly, the artist himself now suffered from cancer, and would die of the disease at the beginning of August.

It was left to his assistant, Henry Hering, to finish the work his master had begun...