Considered by many to be Americas most inspired and beautiful coin, its creation stems directly with President Theodore Roosevelt's contempt for the bland designs of his day. He was inspired by ancient Greek coins he saw while visiting the Smithsonian in 1905 and became determined that the United States needed coins befitting its status in the world. Augustus St. Gaudens, one of Americas greatest sculptors, was commissioned to create the new designs and he began with the highest denomination, the Double Eagle or Twenty Dollar gold piece. The finished product, while not entirely true to the artists conception, is nonetheless a tremendous work of art and today the $20 Saint is among the worlds most popular and sought-after coins. It was minted from 1907 through 1933, with the latter date presently holding the worlds record price for a single coin at $7,590,000 in July of 2002.