Saint-Gaudens’ Original Vision Takes Flight as Palladium & Silver Proofs!
While the U.S. Mint’s famous Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle has gone down in history as one of the world’s most beautiful coins, few people know that it was actually the second choice of its designer, famed American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Tasked by President Teddy Roosevelt with revamping America’s coinage, Saint-Gaudens originally intended for his $20 gold piece to feature Lady Liberty wearing a feathered headdress and sporting a full pair of wings. And instead of a Bald Eagle in flight as it appeared on the final version, Saint-Gaudens’ original preferred reverse design of a proud Bald Eagle was ultimately used on the $10 gold coins.
Unfortunately, the minting technology in 1907 when the coin was first struck wasn’t up to the challenge. Today’s minting technology has no such issues, however. And now thanks to a partnership with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the National Park Foundation, you can get Saint-Gaudens’ masterpiece as he originally intended it to look in this 2020 Palladium & Silver Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Two-Piece Proof Set. In addition to the fabulous designs, this set also represents the first time Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty medals have been struck as a five-ounce silver proofs and for the first time ever they’ve been minted in palladium!
Based on the original model displayed in the permanent collection of the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, these proofs feature the design as meticulously restored by former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint. Minted in a full ounce of 99.95% palladium and five ounces of 99.9% silver, these special medals were struck in ultra-high relief (UHR) using Smartminting© technology to create stunning works of art that allow you to see every design detail Augustus Saint-Gaudens envisioned for his Double Eagle.
Officially licensed by the National Park Foundation (NPF), each piece available in this offer has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition, a distinction that means these perfectly-graded proofs will have ZERO imperfections – showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended. In addition, NGC has certified that these proofs are First Day of Issue (FDI) releases, meaning they were received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository by the release date or on the business day within 24 hours of the official release date.
Plus, each piece offered her has been encapsulated in a special holder that contains an exclusive National Park Foundation label personally signed by the legendary John M. Mercanti, the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver! A giant in the numismatic world, Mercanti has produced more coin and medal designs than any person in U.S. Mint history! Each set will also come beautifully displayed in a premium wooden case branded by the National Park Foundation and accompanied by an informative storybook and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Securing a 2020 Palladium & Silver Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Two-Piece Proof Set is a wonderful way to add this historic design to your collection in stunning ultra-high relief. But with only 1,500 silver proofs and just 350 palladium proofs available for the entire world, you’ll need to act fast. Don’t miss out – order your set today!
SAINT-GAUDENS’ ORIGINAL DESIGN BROUGHT TO LIFE – These mesmerizing proofs represent the original design famed American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens intended for the American Double Eagle.
FIRST TIME STRUCK IN PALLADIUM – Each One-Ounce Palladium Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Proof was struck in 99.95% palladium and measures 33 mm in diameter. It’s the first time this medal has been struck as a palladium proof.
FIRST TIME STRUCK IN FIVE OUNCES OF SILVER – Each Five-Ounce Silver Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Proof was struck in 99.95% palladium and measures 65 mm in diameter. It’s the first time this medal has been struck as a five-ounce silver proof.
EXQUISITE HIGH RELIEF PROOF FINISH – You can see every design detail Augustus Saint-Gaudens envisioned for his Double Eagle on these ultra-high relief (UHR) pieces struck in stunning detail with Smartminting©
PERECT PROOF CONDITION –Each piece in your 2020 Palladium & Silver Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Two-Piece Proof Set was graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in perfect Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
KEY FIRST DAY OF ISSUE CERTIFICATION – NGC has certified that your proofs are First Day of Issue (FDI) medals, meaning they were received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository by the release date or on the business day within 24 hours of the official release date.
INCLUDES SIGNATURE OF JOHN MERCANTI – These medals have as been encapsulated in special holders that contain an exclusive National Park Foundation label personally signed by John Mercanti.
SMALL LIMITED EDITION – Just 1,500 five-ounce silver proofs were struck and only 350 palladium proofs were struck for worldwide release.
The Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Series has already proven to be enormously popular with collectors. This 2020 Palladium & Silver Saint-Gaudens Winged Liberty Ultra High Relief Two-Piece Proof Set is the perfect addition to complement past years’ issues. It will be eagerly sought by collectors so get yours now!