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: $1053.61 (7/30/2015)
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

Last Updated: 4/20/2015

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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1775 1810 1840 1950 2600 3850 15000 29000 95000 -
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Total Graded: 132316
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/29/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0836, 836/Lot# 889 $580.25
6/20/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #44, 48/Lot# 1134 $563.50
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 4370 $2,760.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3194 $1,667.50
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7583 $3,055.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2416 $1,755.00
3/9/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 108393 $1,485.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 92   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33747 $1,410.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5132
Owner: Buck McGibbony
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5132
Owner: Buck McGibbony
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