Coin Specifications

Category: Saint-Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 22,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1444.74 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
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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: 6/22/2019

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1908 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2300 2600 3100 3150 5350 6000 6550 8200 12250 13500 15250 24750 31000 51000 105000 215000 - - -
$ - - - 6850 11500 - - - 26000 35000 60000 115000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 517
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1908 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----81244373291134145743211275----517
------------------1---1
---------12----2------5
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Total----812443732921361457432114751---523
 ----2 %2 %8 %7 %6 %18 %26 %3 %11 %8 %4 %3 %1 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
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
6/1/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 5176 $4,887.50
11/28/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3180, 3180/Lot# 2220 $2,760.00
11/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3927 $7,637.50
11/14/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3420 $9,400.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1389 $4,230.00
1/4/2017 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 7264 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base246424952643280730573324360138854246440347195563600765457597805898541217815488223563450650974
247425442698289031463416369640054298450850005711618668967751865710629132811777726406399950
00000036964005429845085000571161866896775186571062913281177772640600
00000037904126435146145282585963667246790492551140314385200673045600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6545
Owner: Mirrored Morgan
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4403
Owner: davidmckay
 
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