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Quotes of the Day for 1 March 2004 – Coins

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born at Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1848, shortly before his family moved to New York City. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a cameo cutter, learning sculpture at a very small scale. Most of his adult life was devoted to larger sculpture, his first commission was for the statue of Admiral Farragut in Madison Square Gardens. His work was considered a breakthrough in technique and in portraying the spirit of American heroes. In 1906 his friend Theodore Roosevelt asked him to redesign all US coinage. He started with the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces. The high-relief Saint-Gaudens Liberty double eagle was widely regarded as the most beautiful US coin ever minted, but the artist died shortly before the first coins were minted.

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The quotes:

A chest of gold coins or a fat wallet of bills is of no use whatsoever to a wrecked sailor alone on a raft.
     - Alan Watts

My advice to you, my violent friend, is to seek out gold and sit on it.
     - John Gardner

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.
     - Lillian Dickson

It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.
     - Douglas Hurd

I like to collect experiences the way other people like to collect coins and stamps.
     - Michael McGuire

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
     - Harold Geneen


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