1908-D $20 No Motto (Regular Strike)

Series: St. Gaudens $20 1907-1933

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
9143
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Lettered
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
663,750
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

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

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

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

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
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.