Coins and Medals Saint-Gaudens had a keen interest in the medallic arts. He referred to his early relief portraits as "medallions," and made some of these in circular form. Saint-Gaudens' portrait of his friend John Singer Sargent reveals the sculptor's familiarity with the art of classical Roman numismatics. With his first official medal, for the centennial of George Washington's inauguration in 1889, Saint-Gaudens created "the first medal of real artistic value made in this country," according to Richard Watson Gilder.  Gilder hoped that the Washington medal would have an effect on the future design of United States coinage. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Saint-Gaudens to prepare new designs for the ten and twenty-dollar gold coins and the one-cent piece. Saint-Gaudens was the first sculptor to design an American coin, and several of his assistants went on to make significant contributions in this field. Although the president was enthusiastic, and supportive of Saint-Gaudens, the commission became fraught with difficulties. The general problem was to relate Saint-Gaudensí desire for high relief to the exigencies of mass production and use.

One-Cent Piece (1905-6)
Ten-Dollar Gold Piece (1906-7)
Twenty-Dollar Gold Piece (1905-7)

George Washington Inaugural Centennial Medal (1889)
World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Presentation Medal (1892-94)
Theodore Roosevelt Special Inaugural Medal (1905)
The Women's Auxiliary of the Massachusetts Civil Service Reform Association Presentation Medal (1905-6)