Coin Specifications

Category: St. Gaudens $20 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,271,551
Catalog: KM-127
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.436g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1188.28 (5/26/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1640 1650 1660 1670 1680 1700 1710 1725 1740 1775 1790 1825 1950 2500 3550 10500 29000 95000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 136654
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
6/6/1998 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 6519 $1,610.00
8/29/2001 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1477, 1477/Lot# 2031 $400.90
1/25/2004 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3466 $546.00
1/31/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #26, 30/Lot# 680 $777.40
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3497 $2,185.00
3/10/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/10/2013, 65/Lot# 99737 $3,410.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15926 $1,468.75
  PCGS MS 66   Bonhams $2,340.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 NO MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722262233224022472254226122682274228522952308231923352394247627543260526478591197019167
22072228223522422249225622632270227822882299231223242355242125692923392861299229143690
0000002263227022782288229923122324235524212569292339286129922900
00000022662272228122922304231523302374244926613091459669941060000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 6129
Owner: PetroKaz
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5264
Owner: Buck McGibbony
 
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