Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 156,359
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1159.07 (12/18/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
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1908 MOTTO $20 MS obverse 1908 MOTTO $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Congress simply could not stand to see any coin without the motto IN GOD WE TRUST featured prominently. In 1908 it was decided to restore the motto on the reverse above the sun. Additional modifications were undertaken by engraver Charles Barber, which included slightly changing the font style of the lettering, adding a pupil to the eye of the eagle, adding a ninth feather to the tail of the eagle, and reducing the sun’s rays by one to total 33. The 1908 With Motto Double Eagle is actually quite scarce in all states of preservation. The issue is seen far less than many other double eagles of the era. Most are well struck with light green–gold colorations. The Smithsonian collection has only one example and the coin is graded AU 58. The finest coins of the issue graded by NGC have been at the MS 66 level, one of which sold for $32,200 in 2005. The mintage for proof coins for the year is 101 pieces. Most were struck with deep, matte surfaces. A unique example is known with satin Proof surfaces. The coin last sold for $276,000 at public auction in 2005.


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1908 MOTTO $20 MS
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Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1760 1790 2050 2550 4900 17000 35000 100000 - - -
$ 1690 1710 1720 1735 1750 1770 1825 2250 2950 5500 22500 46000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2113
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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3/20/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21033, 21033/Lot# 5830 $900.00
5/28/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1442, 1442/Lot# 1729 $844.00
2/27/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 8588 $3,450.00
1/3/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26012, 26012/Lot# 13364 $862.50
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2651 $1,552.50
11/15/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 6610 $1,495.00
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 105227 $1,739.10
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1325 $2,106.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4432 $1,898.80


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NGC Registry Score 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20022117212421392176220522122219222922362247225422812426248337616737882115210245103747254922
20402119212921512185220722142222223122392249226323292445290947537431109501831028830432880
0000002214222222312239224922632329244529094753743110950183102883000
0000002216222522332243225122722377246433355745812613080214103315100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2483
Owner: Brian J1
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2483
Owner: davidmckay
 
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