Surprise Augustus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by nicholasz219, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    ...Saint Gaudens, that is.

    I took my older daughter for lunch and to practice some photography downtown (Chicago) after the SAT the other day. We ate ramen at a Japanese place that she loves across from Grant Park. We climbed to the top of a monument only to find a surprise.

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    I have to say I never knew that this statue was my Saint-Gaudens. But I was thrilled to find out that it is. Logan was a man who changed over time. https://www.chicagogallerynews.com/news/2017/4/public-art-and-the-masses-examining-sculpture-in-grant-park

    I
    know Saint-Gaudens is remembered for his American coinage redesign at the behest of Teddy Roosevelt but he was very much a classicist. His time in Paris is described in an excellent book by David McCullough, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” Same David McCullough as “John Adams” and “The Path Between the Seas.” If you haven’t read it, you should. I posted this here because all of the folks I know on here have curious minds and appreciate not only items from the classical eras but how those ideas were revived and given new life both in Europe and here.

    Nick
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's cool, Nick.
     
  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & passionate numismatist Moderator

    Yes, definitely cool.
     
  5. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. It’s easy to forget that Saint-Gaudens was a prolific sculptor and has several in Chicago and New York.
     
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  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I sold most of my American coins but was unable to let this St. Gaudens $20 go :D.

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