In 1911, Eugene Burton became the first pilot to land on the deck of a ship when he descended onto the warship USS Pennsylvania. The event is the dawn of a new age in warfare as the predecessor of aircraft carriers, which will go on to be one of the most successful weapons of the 20th century, playing a central role in WWII’s pacific theater. Could this 1911 double eagle have been used to purchase the materials needed to create the runway on top of the USS Pennsylvania?
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.