Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 156,258
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1828.68 (9/23/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1908 MOTTO $20 MS obverse 1908 MOTTO $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Congress simply could not stand to see any coin without the motto IN GOD WE TRUST featured prominently. In 1908 it was decided to restore the motto on the reverse above the sun. Additional modifications were undertaken by engraver Charles Barber, which included slightly changing the font style of the lettering, adding a pupil to the eye of the eagle, adding a ninth feather to the tail of the eagle, and reducing the sun’s rays by one to total 33. The 1908 With Motto Double Eagle is actually quite scarce in all states of preservation. The issue is seen far less than many other double eagles of the era. Most are well struck with light green–gold colorations. The Smithsonian collection has only one example and the coin is graded AU 58. The finest coins of the issue graded by NGC have been at the MS 66 level, one of which sold for $32,200 in 2005. The mintage for proof coins for the year is 101 pieces. Most were struck with deep, matte surfaces. A unique example is known with satin Proof surfaces. The coin last sold for $276,000 at public auction in 2005.


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Last Updated: 9/23/2020

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1908 MOTTO $20 MS
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Base $ 1940 1940 1940 1960 1970 1985 1985 1985 - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2225 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2252
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-214229362369827516326218----2252
-----------------3----3
--------------21011----14
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Total----1-2142293623698275183362212----2269
 ----0%-0%0%0%1%4%3%16%36%23%15%1%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22502268227422782281228522882292229523022335246424952570275435455656833812178172961850519774
2256227022752279228222862289229322972313237824742520263130184249655096181388417699189280
000000228922932297231323782474252026313018424965509618138841769900
0000002291229423002324242124852545269332814952744410898155901810200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5656
Owner: JRomulus
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2754
Owner: davidmckay
 
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