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: $1737.07 (7/27/2021)
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: 7/27/2021

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1908 MOTTO $20 MS
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Base $ 1865 1865 1865 1885 1895 1910 1910 1910 1940 1965 2125 2150 2475 4675 12500 36000 100000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2150 2900 5300 25000 44000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2233
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: 7/20/2021 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-215229362370826497326217----2233
-----------------3----3
-------------13101-----15
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Total----1-2152293623708275003362210----2251
 ----0%-0%0%0%1%4%3%16%37%22%15%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24362436243624362448245524612464246424642480249526002600274037035656851512178128661383814864
24362436243624402450245724622464246424692485253026002647306143546609973612407131901418015607
000000246224642464246924852530260026473061435466099736124071319000
0000002463246424642475249025652600269333825005756210957126371351400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5656
Owner: JRomulus
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2740
Owner: davidmckay
 
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