1908-S $20 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 25530332
PCGS#: 9149

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1908-S is a rare issue in any Mint State grade. This is one of those relatively few Saint-Gaudens issues that is seen much more often in the circulated grades than in Mint State. Most Mint State specimens are rather low quality, i.e. in the MS-60 to 62 range. At the MS-63 level or above, this issue is really very rare. However, there are a fair number of gem quality specimens around as well as several superb ones. Dr. Steven Duckor's is a nearly perfect satiny specimen and the Auction '80-Milton Holmes and Norweb specimens are also close to perfection. Eliasberg's was better than MS-65, and I own two other such specimens. Harry Bass, Dr. Thaine Price, Dr. William Crawford and a prominent Eastern collector all own gems, and there are still others, such as the one in the Browning Collection. All in all, probably 15 to 20 gem or superb quality pieces are known.

All 1908-S double eagles were struck from the dies produced from the strengthened obverse hub, so all of them show more detail on the obverse than the No Motto issues. The 1908-S is always very sharply struck. The mintmark is very tiny but usually well defined. Like the half eagle and eagle of the same date and mint, the 1908-S double eagle comes with two very different finishes; one is "soft" frosty, the other (much more rare) is very satiny. Color is usually excellent on this issue; the most often seen is greenish gold and orange although many specimens are very orange or coppery colored. Red or orange copper spots are common on this issue and some are afflicted by carbon spots. Lustre is invariably very good to excellent. In top grade, this is one of the prettiest issues of the series.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 22,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
2,700
1
15
2,800
20
2,900
2
25
3,000
1
30
3,100
11
45+
4,650
50+
5,350
53+
6,000
55+
6,750
58+
8,700
62+
19,500
1
63+
23,500
64+
34,500
3
65+
61,500
1
66+
115,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,316 R-4.8 16 / 49 16 / 54
60 or Better 466 R-6.0 11 / 49 TIE 11 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 20 / 49 TIE 20 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena, 11/1988:4090 - David W. Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor - Heritage 1/2012:4607, $161,000

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade   Philip Morse - Heritage 11/2005:6559, $109,250
1 MS67 PCGS grade