Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,271,551
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1367.33 (7/16/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS obverse 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: After some struggles in 1907 producing gold coins, the United States Mint got the ball rolling in 1908. The 1908 No Motto Double Eagle is one of the most common issues of the series. Large numbers were sent to European banks and a steady supply of the issue has been flowing back to the states for decades. An incredible hoard of the date was discovered in the 1990s by Ron Gillio. There were 19,900 pieces and most were Choice to Gem in condition. Temporarily stored in a Wells Fargo Bank vault, the coins were named “The Wells Fargo Hoard.” Luckily for Type coin collectors, the short lived “No Motto” design may be easily obtained. The 1908 No Motto is the only date of the series after 1907 to have been certified as MS 69.


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Last Updated: 6/22/2019

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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1560 1560 1570 1570 1570 1570 1580 1590 1750 1790 1840 2100 2900 6700 22500 95000 -
$ - - - - - - - 1790 1820 1850 2300 3500 13000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 146113
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, 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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1---112773746640450983037351125377451336561431179159--146113
---------------29166---33
-------------540281851393---553
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Total1---112773746640450983037851165380281345962981188159--146699
 0 %---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %3 %21 %35 %26 %9 %4 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
12/17/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2300, 2300/Lot# 2684 $896.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3498 $2,012.50
8/7/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1923 $1,555.95
4/14/2013 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 747, 756/Lot# 388 $2,070.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1282 $1,989.00
9/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 134167 $2,159.30
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 91460 $1,639.00
9/7/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 8247 $1,680.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 NO $20 MS MOTTO
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722262233224022472254226122682274228522952308231923292352243327543260526478591197019167
22072228223522422249225622632270227822882299231223222337237925402923392861299229143690
0000002263227022782288229923122322233723792540292339286129922900
00000022662272228122922304231523262344240626473091459669941060000
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 7859
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5264
Owner: Buck McGibbony
 
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