The 1908 St. Gaudens $20 Gold Coin is named for its designer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. St. Gaudens was a noted sculptor who was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to redesign the Gold Coin. The first Saint-Gaudens double eagle was struck in 1907, but the design was soon modified to make the striking of the coin, which was originally made in high relief, more efficient.
The motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” on some coins created a variety of sorts among the 1908 Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Coin. Accordingly, many coin collectors will try to assemble a collection that includes both the no-motto and motto-bearing double eagles from that year.
Though these coins have since been taken off the production lines, they remain extremely popular amongst collectors from both the US and abroad.