The MS-65 Saint Gaudens’ coin is a standard of sorts when it comes to certified Saint Gaudens’ coins. The MS-65 Saint Gaudens’ coins is truly a standard for pre-1933 rare coins. Like the MS-64 Saint Gaudens, the MS-65 Saint Gaudens is like fine art to the pre-1933 gold coin market.
The MS-65 Saint Gaudens maintains a high-degree of eye appeal for a mid-range coin in terms of price. Of all the Pre-33 rare coins on the market, the MS-64 Saint Gaudens is a coin very often collected by individuals who dabble in collector’s coins. The rare gold coin is more eye appeal than bargain, but it is much cheaper than its’ MS-64 and MS-65 counterparts. If it is eye appeal you are after, but you also have a tight wallet, do look into the MS-63 Saint Gaudens.
Theodore Roosevelt went to an exhibition of ancient Greek coins at the Smithsonian in 1905. Quite impressed by their artistic beauty and symbolic power, Theodore Roosevelt decided US coins were too unworthy of the United States.
His vision was a new generation of coins that would represent American’s greatness, representing its emergence as a world superpower.Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the man for the job, decided Roosevelt.
At the turn of the 20th century, Saint-Gaudens was the most prominent sculptor in the nation.
An influential overall in the fine arts world, Saint-Gaudens influence welt surely felt across the continent.
Saint-Gaudens agreed with zest to rework the nation’s coinage, and first began work on the Double Eagle $20 gold piece.
This coin would eventually go onto be known as a Saint-Gaudens.
Before the new version of American coins had been completed, Saint-Gaudens passed away.
The Double Eagle‘s obverse bears Saint-Gaudens’ work from his monument to General William T Sherman in New York’s Central Park.
It features Lady Liberty in foward stride towards the viewer, and out of a rising sun, hair flowing, with a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The coin is unscripted “Liberty” above her head.
Until 1849, the largest face-value denomination for gold coins produced by the U.S. Mint was $10. The California Gold Rush, however, provided the impetus for a larger gold coin.
the Coinage Act of 1849, a limited number of $20 gold coins called Double Eagles were struck. These these coins began to be produced in larger quantities in 1850 and continued until 1933.
Throughout a 84-year production run, only two major obverse designs were used Liberty Head (Coronet) and Saint Gaudens. The Saint Gaudens Double Eagle.
The reverse of the coin features a bald American Eagle in flight above the spiraling rays of a rising sun. Inscripted upon the coin is “United States of America” and “Twenty” Dollars” arching across the top.
Minted from 1907-1933, Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles were minted from 1907 to 1933 in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver. They are .90% gold with .9675 troy ounces of pure gold. They are 34mm in diameter.
An MS-65 is a highly attractive coin, with high quality luster and strike for the date and mint. There could be on an MS-65 graded coin a few small scattered contact markets, or perhaps two larger marks. One or two small patches of hairlines may show along with noticeably light scuff on certain high points of the MS-65 condition. Overall quality of the MS-65 coin is above average and eye appeal is very pleasing. If the coin is copper, then the coin has attractive luster with original or darkened color.
The MS-65 graded coin features light and scattered markings with nothing too distracting in prime viewing areas. The hairlines could show in a few scattered areas, while the luster remains above average and fully original, with an eye appeal of a very pleasing nature. Also Known As: Mint State 65, MS65, Gem Uncirculated, GEM BU, GEM UNC.