RAW UNGRADED 1908 $20.00 GOLD ST GAUDENS
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ONE VERY NICE 1908 GOLD $20 ST GAUDENS
PHILADELPHIA MINT - DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 ST. GAUDENS GOLD
1908 $20 OR DOUBLE EAGLE
Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Henry Hering (Saint-Gaudens’ collaborator), with modifications by Charles E. Barber
Circulation Mintage: high 4,271,551 (1908), low 361,667 (1907)
Proof Mintage: 40-50 (1907 only, estimated)
Denomination: $20.00, Twenty dollars, Double Eagle
Diameter: 34 mm, edge with raised text and symbols- E PLURIBUS UNUM, the words separated by thirteen stars
Metal Content: 90% gold, 10% copper
Weight: 33.436 grams
Varieties: A very few die varieties have been identified for both business strikes and proofs.
The 1907-1908 double eagles do not have the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, which became another issue even though the Coinage Act of 1890 did not include that motto in the list of required wording to be placed on U.S. coins. Some attribute the lack of the motto to a Presidential order, Roosevelt of the belief that inscribing God’s name on a coin was a blasphemous act; a coin could for example be used not only for the offering plate but also for criminal and other nefarious purposes. Regardless of the reason for the omission, the motto was restored (it was on the previous Liberty Head type) later in 1908 by Congressional action, which brought the double eagle into compliance with the Act of March 3, 1865.
Diameter: ±34 millimeters
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%
Weight: ±516 grains (±33.4 grams)
Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date)
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