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: $1101.60 (10/6/2015)
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: 516
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/4/1994 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 1207 $693.00
6/3/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 7485 $5,290.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2605 $26,450.00
4/13/2006 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2189, 2189/Lot# 1396 $3,808.00
10/16/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 292, 298/Lot# 6484 $6,612.50
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4173 $24,150.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2289 $10,361.50
8/7/2010 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1934 $661.25
12/2/2010 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4735 $10,062.50

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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