Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 22,000
Catalog: KM-131
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1089.41 (9/4/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1908 S $20 MS obverse 1908 S $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for the 1908-S Double Eagle is tiny in comparison to other issues of the era. The coins must have entered circulation rather quickly, as no significant groups of the date have been discovered over the decades. Most of the coins encountered have been circulated. The date is extremely popular, probably due to the low mintage. Gems do exist for the date, as several superb coins are known. The metal quality for 1908-S Double Eagles must be somewhat different than others for the year. Many are seen with large splashes of copper staining. The colorations can be quite beautiful and does not seem to distract from the value of this popular date. An NGC MS 66 example sold for $74,750 in 2011.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/20/2015

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1908 S $20 MS
Base $ 2050 2300 2600 3100 3700 5400 5900 6750 8000 14400 17250 26250 32500 54000 98500 185000 - - -
$ 4300 - 6400 7250 9550 15750 20000 28500 37500 62500 125000 - -

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Total Graded: 510
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/7/2000 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 7585 $12,075.00
10/23/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1369, 1369/Lot# 1717 $1,107.75
6/1/2006 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 3994 $3,737.50
12/20/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8145 $9,775.00
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1660 $20,125.00
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3613 $11,615.00
3/17/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 5035 $2,530.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9832 $5,750.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S $20 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6445
Owner: Brian J1
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5086
Owner: ftrifilio5
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