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: $1032.13 (11/30/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2015

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1908 MOTTO $20 MS
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1790 2150 2650 4300 18000 30000 95000 - - -
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Total Graded: 2092
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1442, 1442/Lot# 1729 $844.00
2/27/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 76, 81/Lot# 1037 $4,312.50
2/1/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1688 $3,565.00
7/10/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131129/Lot# 20651 $1,840.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 5063 $2,990.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7881 $2,300.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4448 $10,575.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12521 $3,525.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1331 $1,755.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2483
Owner: Brian J1
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2483
Owner: davidmckay
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