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Rare 1908 Magazine Article About Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Written By His Son Soon After His Death

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.

Auction Catalogue Description for the article shared below.
Saint-Gauden’s Preliminary Sketch for the Double Eagle
Click the image above to read the full article!