1908-D $20 No Motto AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -35667
PCGS#: 9143

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Stacks (1956) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $4950

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): A few years ago, a moderate sized hoard of this issue was uncovered (along with many thousands of other Mint State double eagles) in Central America. I do not know the exact quantity but it was probably several hundred pieces. Most were in the MS-60 to MS-63 range but some were in the MS-64 category. Of the many pieces I saw from the group, none could be called a full MS-65, although several were close, but it is possible that there were a few true gems in the hoard. Prior to the discovery of this hoard, choice Mint State or better examples of this issue were almost impossible to find. Even now, a true gem must be considered a major rarity, among the rarest in the entire series. The Browning Collection specimen is a full gem, as is one owned by a prominent Eastern collector, but I don't recall ever seeing one nicer than MS-65+. This issue is still underrated, but now only at the highest grade levels, thanks to the hoard.

The 1908-D No Motto is typically well struck, although the obverse is rather "flat" due to poor die detail. Lustre is nearly always very good and the surfaces are generally quite satiny although many fully frosty specimens also exist. Color is almost always a light to medium greenish and coppery gold.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 663,750 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
8
1,415
1
10
1,420
12
1,425
15
1,430
1
20
1,435
25
1,440
30
1,445
35
1,445
45
1,455
8
45+
1,455
50
1,460
10
50+
1,460
53+
1,465
55+
1,500
58+
1,520
62+
1,670
4
66+
40,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 28,333 R-2.7 1 / 3 32 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 16,333 R-2.8 1 / 3 34 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 550 R-5.9 1 / 3 33 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4604, $25,300

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade