1908 ST. GAUDENS $20, MOTTO MS65
WITH MOTTO. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES.
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.