Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,271,551
Catalog: KM-127
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1193.51 (9/15/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered; large letters.
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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS obverse 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: After some struggles in 1907 producing gold coins, the United States Mint got the ball rolling in 1908. The 1908 No Motto Double Eagle is one of the most common issues of the series. Large numbers were sent to European banks and a steady supply of the issue has been flowing back to the states for decades. An incredible hoard of the date was discovered in the 1990s by Ron Gillio. There were 19,900 pieces and most were Choice to Gem in condition. Temporarily stored in a Wells Fargo Bank vault, the coins were named “The Wells Fargo Hoard.” Luckily for Type coin collectors, the short lived “No Motto” design may be easily obtained. The 1908 No Motto is the only date of the series after 1907 to have been certified as MS 69.


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Price Guide

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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1760 1775 1810 1840 1950 2500 3850 15000 29000 95000 -
$ 1690 1710 1720 1735 1750 1770 1800 1825 1900 2075 3250 4850 18500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 133369
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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9/16/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131437/Lot# 25248


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5/30/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1889, 1889/Lot# 2044 $770.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1134 $633.00
8/14/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 August Milwaukee, WI Final Session #445, 445/Lot# 9873 $1,293.75
3/31/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 234, 240/Lot# 1416 $1,150.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3494 $2,185.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1927 $1,415.65
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1252 $2,574.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4562 $8,050.00
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 83242 $1,541.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base200221172124213921762205221222192229223622472254228123022394247626653154513277511150119167
20402119212921512185220722142222223122392249226322882332242125392828381360059001140560
0000002214222222312239224922632288233224212539282838136005900100
00000022162225223322432251227222952363244826022991447268781025100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5132
Owner: Buck McGibbony
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5132
Owner: Buck McGibbony
 
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