1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64

1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64 1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64
1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64


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Metal Gold
Mint Philadelphia
Weight 0.9675 oz
Face Value $20

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The 1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64 is superior to the vast majority of Gold Double Eagles available to the collector; it’s been certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as having a mint state of 64. Made from 22 Karat gold or 0.9000 fine gold, this 20 dollar gold piece has a diameter of 34 mm and a weight of 0.9675oz or 33.4400 grams. 
President Roosevelt felt American coins were “artistically atrocious” and he sought to emulate the beautiful, high relief coins of Ancient Greece for American circulation. Roosevelt personally intervened to ensure that sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was commissioned to design a coin, the first time in American history that someone from outside the Mint has been brought in to design a coin.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was assisted in the design by Henry Hering on whom he increasingly depended as his health took a turn for the worse. Saint-Gaudens passed away in August 1907, but his partnership with Roosevelt led to the production of one of the most-loved coins ever produced for U.S. circulation. Chief Engraver at the Mint, Charles E. Barber had some technical concerns about the coin and produced a low relief version which could be struck in one blow. It’s a decision for which he’s been much-criticised, as the coins have a less clear-cut look than originally planned. However, these coins are valued today for their subtle beauty and great artistry.

The obverse of this coin shows Liberty, a symbol of victory, striding towards you. In her left hand she holds an olive branch, symbolizing peace, while in her right hand, she raises a torch above her head, representing enlightenment. Her dress and hair flow behind her in the breeze, while her left foot rests on a craggy outcrop obscured in part by oak leaves. Behind Liberty, the sun rises, and the distinctive outline of the U.S. Capitol buildings can be seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the coin. Towards the bottom right-hand corner of the coin, the year of issue, 1908 can be clearly seen. The word LIBERTY follows the top curve of the coin, though the torch cleverly intersects 2 of the letters. Look closely, and you’ll see 46 stars representing the 46 states of 1907. On the reverse of the coin, a flying eagle is depicted in exquisite detail, in front of the rising sun, in addition to the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” above “TWENTY DOLLARS."

These 20 dollar pieces were struck without the motto ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ resulting in speculation that Roosevelt felt invoking God’s name on a coin was blasphemous. The ‘no motto’ version was available for a short period only, as Congress took exception to the fact that the motto was missing and took action to ensure it was restored later in 1908. ‘Without Motto’ Gold Double Eagle coins were struck by the U.S. Mint at their Philadelphia and Denver branches and our orders are usually fulfilled with coins struck in Philadelphia. This coin has proven popular with the public and collectors alike ever since its issue. Pop a little American history in your pocket with this certified collectible coin.

Overview of the 1908 $20 Saint No Motto PCGS MS64:
• Metal: Gold
• Purity: 0.9000 / 22 Karat
• Diameter: 34 mm
• Weight in oz: 0.9675oz
• Weight: 33.4400g
• Year of minting: 1908
• Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle
• 20 dollar piece
• ‘No Motto’ issue
• U.S. Mint: Philadelphia or Denver branch



Mint Philadelphia
Metal Gold
Face Value $20
Grade MS64
Grade Service PCGS
Year 1908