1908 saw what was called the New York to Paris Race. This automobile race, inspired by Peking to Paris race of the previous year, began in New York City and went westward across North America to Seattle where the cars traveled on ship to the Russian port of Vladivostok and from there traversed the Eurasian landmass. Six cars participated in this momentous race, three teams from France and one from each Italy, Germany and the United States. At the end of the five and a half month journey, the American team entered triumphantly into Paris in their car, the Thomas Flyer. Could this 1908 double eagle have made the journey with the American team? Perhaps it was used to purchase the Thomas Flyer at auction in 1913.
In 1908, Congress mandated that the motto IN GOD WE TRUST once again take its place on the Double Eagle. This ruling overturned an earlier decision by President Theodore Roosevelt, who believed that the use of a diety's name on circulating coinage was an act blasphemy. The Motto portion of the Saint-Gaudens series continued through 1933 with a singe interruption in yearly production from 1917-1919. By far the rarest issue of this era is the final-year 1933, of which only a single example is currently legal to own. That coin fetched a record $7,590,020 at auction in 2002. Other key dates are the 1920-S, 1921, 1927-D, 1927-S, 1929, 1930-S, 1931, 1931-D and 1932, most examples of which were melted in the Mint after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the Gold Recall Act in 1933. Semi key-date issues include the 1908-S, 1924-D, 1924-S, 1925-D, 1925-S, 1926-D and 1926-S.