$1 Louisiana Purchase McKinley
* Some Proofs exist
Designer: Charles E. Barber
This was the
second souvenir gold coin minted for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
held at Forest Park in St. Louis from April 30 - December 1, 1904.
The obverse bears the design of President William McKinley who sanctioned
the Exposition. The McKinley portrait was from life. William McKinley
had sat for his portrait on Charles E. Barber's presidential medal.
The medal had managed to receive the sarcastic accolade of "Deadly"
from Augustus St.-Gaudens. President McKinley, who had signed the
Exposition into law as of March 3, 1901, was assassinated at another
Exposition in September 1901. A new obverse die portraying McKinley
was made and not known which dollars were struck first.
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