A Dog's Purpose (2017)
The 1907 St. Gaudens Golden Eagle requires a prop coin
The 2017 Universal Pictures film "A Dog's Purpose", is a fantasy film about a dog who is reincarnated
several times with different human owners.
a "1907 St. Gaudens Golden Eagle".
and are not covered here as there is no numismatic element.
After birth as a puppy, the dog is immediately euthanized, and reincarnates into another puppy.
mother is a housewife.
2. Mom, Bailey, Ethan
Bailey meets another member of the family.
3. Bailey meets the cat
Bailey feels that the cat should behave more like a dog.
4. Grandparent's house
Bailey runs around the farm and finds a deflated football in a barn, which he brings to Ethan.
5. Bailey brings Ethan the football
Ethan plays catch with Bailey and the football will resurface later.
The father plans to show the boss his coin collection.
6. Father's coin collection case
The coin collection is small and fits with a small case.
7. Coins in case
The coins are, top, from left to right, unknown, the 1907 gold coin, a Morgan dollar obverse,
bottom, a Peace dollar reverse, a Morgan dollar reverse, and a Walking Liberty half dollar obverse.
8. 1907 St. Gaudens Golden Eagle obverse
The coin is a twenty-dollar gold coin, and is usually called a "St. Gaudens Double Eagle", named after
the designer Augustus St. Gaudens. An "eagle" is a ten-dollar gold coin.
There is also a less expensive 1907 low-relief version.
Nothing is said in the film about the relief version of the coin that the father owns.
9. Ethan holds the coin showing the reverse
The coin here does not look like a real 1907 double eagle and is obviously a prop coin.
The real 1907 coins did not have "In God We Trust" on them. The motto was added in 1908.
Note the printing underneath the "In God We Trust".
10. National Collectors Mint Tribute Coin - Double Eagle $20 1933
Bronze, gold plated, 39mm, 26.74gm
LIBERTY / 1933
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / IN GOD WE TRUST
COPY# / MG1225
These were struck by the National Collectors Mint and sold in magazine advertisements.
They are copies of the infamous and rare 1933 gold Double Eagle or $20 gold piece.
A real United States twenty-dollar gold coin:
11. United States $20 1908
This version does not have the motto "In God We Trust" as it was added later in the year.
Ethan spins the coin on the table.
12. Coin spinning
The coin falls off the table and right into the dog's mouth who swallows it.
13. Dinner with the boss
The manager asks to see the "famous" 1907 coin later.
14. Ethan retrieves the coin
Ethan has to put the coin back into the case, which is laying on the table.
15. Replacing the coin
The story jumps a few years and now Ethan is in high school where he is a football star.
Presumably he sold the coin collection to pay for liquor as it is not mentioned again.
16. Ethan and Hannah
Ethan convinces his father to move out of the house after he beats up the mother.
He becomes depressed and breaks up with Hannah.
Bailey finds a "non-horse" playmate.
17. Bailey meets the non-horse at the farm
Bailey dies and the dog goes through two reincarnations, first as a police dog and then as a family pet.
He then has another reincarnation as Buddy, who remembers his past life as Bailey, and somehow
finds his way to the farm where a middle-aged Ethan is living by himself. Ethan then adopts Buddy.
18. Buddy and Ethan
Buddy returns the favor by locating Hannah, who is a widow living in town.
19. Buddy and Hannah
Hannah reads Ethan's name on the dog tag and returns him to Ethan.
The high school lovers decide to resume their relationship.
20. Hannah and Ethan together
The pair get married and Hannah moves to the farm.
bringing it to Ethan.
21. Buddy brings the football
Buddy chases his tail and catches the football in the same way that Bailey did, causing Ethan to first
wonder and then and recognizing that his old dog has returned.
22. Bailey returned
The dog's tag is now seen to read "Bailey".
Bailey finishes with a statement that a dog's purpose is to have fun and to help people.
Josh Gad as the voice of all the dogs
Bryce Gheisar as Young Ethan
KJ Apa as Teen Ethan
Britt Robertson as Teen Hannah
Dennis Quaid as Adult Ethan
Peggy Lipton as Adult Hannah
Juliet Rylance as Ethan's Mom
Luke Kirby as Ethan's Dad
Writers: W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky,
W. Bruce Cameron (novel)