In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt decided American coinage should be more decorative. He commissioned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the initiative, and the result was the Saint-Gaudens double eagle coin. A 1931 Saint-Gaudens double eagle is highlighted in the upcoming US Coins event, offered by Heritage Auctions. The twenty-dollar coin shows Lady Liberty with a torch on the front and a bald eagle on the back. Only 310 of the 1931 coins reached the public, with the others immediately going to storage.
Interested coin collectors can also consider two AU CAC coins, the 1850-C and the 1853-D. The auction house notes that the 1850 coin is in particularly good condition, especially considering the heavy use usually seen from that year. Paper currency in this auction includes a $10,000 note meant only for interbank transactions. Bills such as this one were stored in a Washington D.C. post office that burned down in 1935. Amid the chaos, some passersby were able to grab the banknotes and run away, presumably hoping to use them as regular currency later. Andrew Jackson is the president on the bill and written on the note is its bank of origin: Washington D.C.’s Federal Reserve Bank. Register to bid in this event on the Heritage Auctions website.
Lot Categories:Coins, Currency & Stamps (392)
# of Lots:392
Price Range:$45 - $5,250
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|1931 $20 MS64+ PCGS||
|1853-D $5 AU55 NGC. CAC.||
|Fr. 1225h $10,000 1900 Gold Certificate||
|1850-C $5 AU55+ NGC. CAC. Variety 1.||
|2009 $20 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, Moy & Mercanti signature||
- Coins, Currency & Stamps
- American history
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens
- Double Eagle
- Heritage Auctions
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