The American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed the obverse and reverse of the double-eagle, a twenty-dollar gold coin produced by the United States Mint from 1907 to 1933. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of U.S. coins. The coin’s design clearly relates to some of Saint-Gaudens’s works. For example his 1902 statue of Victory, part of the Sherman monument in New York City, was used for the design of Liberty on the obverse of the double eagle.

We explore gold as a repository of value, as a metaphor for best practice and exceptionalism and the extraordinary and as a material in IAC’s 13 International Gold + Diamond Conference, Maintaining Purpose. Join us July 17 – 19 to explore these and other compelling dimensions of the metal.