By Robert Brown, WCC Member
The magazine article below, from the March 1908 issue of The Century Magazine, describes the later works of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, from 1900 to his death in 1907. It was written by his son, Homer Saint-Gaudens, less than a year after his father’s passing. The 18-page article has over a dozen pictures of his works during this time, including preliminary designs of the $10 and $20 gold pieces familiar to many numismatists.
Following this article are a few paragraphs about the Special Medal of Honor created in 1901 for Augustus Saint-Gaudens by James Earle Fraser, along with two pictures of the medal. Fraser is known to numismatists for designing the Buffalo nickel of 1913-1938, as well as the reverse of the Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar of 1926-1939.
I am happy to share this unique and informative article that I purchased in a 2018 numismatic book auction.