The Double Eagle was the last gold coin the US ever minted, and most of them were rounded up and destroyed during the Depression. One in this kind of shape is worth a lot of money.
- Fact 1: This coin, designed by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, was minted from 1907 to 1933. In all, over 70 million Double Eagles were minted.
- Fact 2: The image of Liberty striding foward is based on a statue of the Greek goddess Nike from Samothrace which Saint-Gaudens saw at the Lourve.
- Fact 3: Theodore Roosevelt loved Saint-Gaudens' striking, deep-relief design, and pushed it into production over the protests from US Mint directors.
- Fact 4: Saint-Gaudens died of cancer while working on the coin's final, low-relief design; Mint engravers had to create their own from the original.
- Fact 5: The Gold Reserve Act of 1934 nationalized US gold, and the government collected and melted down millions of gold coins. Only a few thousand Double Eagles exist today.