Coin Specifications

Category: St. 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: $1216.05 (2/28/2017)
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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Price Guide

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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1525 1530 1535 1540 1550 1565 1575 1600 1625 1700 1760 1775 1800 1835 2150 2850 7500 29000 95000 -
$ - - - - - - - 1785 1815 1845 2600 3650 13500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140496
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
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7/13/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2556, 2556/Lot# 2853 $3,360.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1684 $1,322.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25371 $1,982.60
2/7/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 4014 $6,462.50
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1290 $1,813.00
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 257 $2,225.00
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 187382 $6,499.90
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(8), 1231/Lot# 9172 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722262233224022472254226122682274228522952308231923292352243327543260526478591197019167
22072228223522422249225622632270227822882299231223222337237925402923392861299229143690
0000002263227022782288229923122322233723792540292339286129922900
00000022662272228122922304231523262344240626473091459669941060000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 6129
Owner: PetroKaz
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5264
Owner: Buck McGibbony
 
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