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: $1160.52 (3/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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1908 S $20 MS obverse 1908 S $20 MS reverse

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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: 9/10/2014

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1908 S $20 MS
Base $ 2050 2300 2600 3100 3700 3700 5400 5900 6750 8000 11750 14400 17250 26250 32500 54000 94000 185000 - - -
$ 4300 5600 6400 7250 9550 12750 15750 20000 28500 37500 62500 108000 - -

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Total Graded: 514
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
5/14/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2328 $5,462.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3572 $19,090.00
12/4/2008 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 2599 $5,462.50
2/10/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2810, 2810/Lot# 1913 $5,175.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4497 $16,100.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7884 $1,840.00
12/5/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5278 $2,291.25
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7763 $6,168.75

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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