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: $1157.13 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered; large letters.
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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 2600 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: 133947
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7753
1/12/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7752
1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3512
1/12/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11789


Auction Prices Realized

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11/18/1999 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1999 Santa Clara Signature Sale #213, 213/Lot# 7028 $6,612.50
1/25/2004 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3466 $546.00
4/17/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 83, 88/Lot# 1059 $908.50
10/30/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 10356 $862.50
6/27/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2549, 2549/Lot# 1137 $1,792.00
11/13/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131147/Lot# 27430 $1,840.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12684 $2,937.50
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1299 $1,755.00
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/04/2013, 86/Lot# 132135 $2,641.45


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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