Coin Specifications

Category: St. 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: $1255.72 (9/23/2017)
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: 12/1/2016

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1908 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2300 2600 3100 3950 5300 6000 6500 8000 12250 14000 17500 24750 29000 51000 105000 215000 - - -
$ - - - 6850 11500 - - - 26000 35000 60000 115000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 510
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/14/2001 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1417, 1417/Lot# 1744 $1,160.50
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX The Phillip Morse Collection #392, 392/Lot# 6559 $109,250.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3572 $19,090.00
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2512 $97,750.00
10/16/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 292, 298/Lot# 6484 $6,612.50
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5938 $4,887.50
3/6/2015 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 476 $3,818.75
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1389 $4,230.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base246424952643280730573324360138854246440347195563600765457597805898541217815488223563450650974
247425442698289031463416369640054298450850005711618668967751865710629132811777726406399950
00000036964005429845085000571161866896775186571062913281177772640600
00000037904126435146145282585963667246790492551140314385200673045600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6545
Owner: Mirrored Morgan
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4719
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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