1909-S ST. GAUDENS $20, MOTTO MS66
GEM SURFACES. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt left on the famous Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition shortly after leaving office. The expedition, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, was conducted to acquire African specimens for the Washington museum. The former president and his hunting party collected 23,151 specimens from insects to elephants, many of which would remain on display for the rest of the 20th century. Could this 1909 double eagle have been used by Scribner's Magazine as part of the $50,000 given to Roosevelt in exchange for his documentation of the adventure?