Saint-Gaudens Commemorative “Rough Rider” Teddy Roosevelt Gold Proof
Available in 1oz and 1/2 oz specimens
- Officially Authorized by the National Park Foundation Ultra Cameo Proof 70 by NGC
- Hand-Signed by the 12th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti
- Prestigious Pedigree - Officially Authorized by the National Park Foundation on behalf of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
- Extremely Low Mintage Limit: Only 300
- Extremely Low NGC Population: Only 228
- Perfect Ultra Cameo PF-70 Grade by NGC, the Highest Possible Grade!
- A Numbered Certificate of Authenticity will Accompany Each Proof.
- Sell-Out Expected Soon!
We are proud to unveil a very limited allocation of the 2017 Theodore Roosevelt “Rough Rider” Gold Proofs. Struck in 99.99% pure Gold, each stunning proof has been officially authorized by the National Park Foundation in cooperation with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. With over 1,000 years of history and craftsmanship, Britain’s Royal Mint was an inspired choice to create these modern precious metal masterpieces.
Like no other president before or after him, Teddy Roosevelt embodied the American spirit of self-reliance, hard work, endurance, and common sense. As one of the most accomplished men of his age, Roosevelt also attracted the best and brightest to his side. For example, when he wanted America’s coinage to be redesigned to be the best in the world, he went straight to America’s foremost sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens to be his partner in the historic endeavor.
Our Theodore Roosevelt “Rough Rider” Gold Proof has been certified and graded to be in perfect Ultra Cameo Proof 70 grade by NGC. In addition, John Mercanti has personally autographed each individual label as a testament to his direct involvement with both sides of these incredible proofs.
The "Rough Riders" was a nickname given to the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, in the 1898 Spanish American War. The "Rough Riders" were mostly made up of college athletes, cowboys, ranchers, miners, and other outdoorsmen. With these men being from southwestern ranch country, they were quite skilled in horsemanship.
Without Teddy Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens would never have lent his artistic genius to coin design. It was Roosevelt himself who commissioned Saint-Gaudens to redesign our American coinage. The designs and coins that were produced and are the most notable are the $20 gold piece and the $10 Indian.
Another accomplished artist who caught Teddy’s attention was Alexander Proctor. The self-proclaimed “sculptor in buckskin” specialized in animal and western themes. While assisting Saint-Gaudens, Proctor lived and studied for a time at the master’s home and studio in Cornish, New Hampshire. Today, the estate is the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, partners with the National Park Foundation. Proctor also assisted Saint-Gaudens in sculpting General Sherman’s horse for the major New York monument that is one of Saint-Gaudens most famous works. But Proctor himself soon rose to prominence as well and Roosevelt played a large role in that growing fame.
The creator of the Rough Rider sculpture, Proctor, was one of the most famous sculptors to work under Saint-Gaudens, and his later work carries on many of the same Americana themes that Saint-Gaudens and Roosevelt promoted. Proctor took great care in accurately depicting Roosevelt as a symbol of American determination, success, and strength and as a bridge back to the "Wild West".
John Mercanti was the 12th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint. He was commissioned to sculpt original plaster models of both sides of these historic proofs - depicting both the Rough Rider sculpture and the American Buffalo.
Please call your Account Executive now to secure your extraordinary "Rough Rider" Proof before they're all gone!
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