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1908 “No Motto” $20 Saint-Gaudens, MS63
Unique partial-year issue
$20 Saint-Gaudens double eagles are often considered one of the most beautiful of all U.S. gold coins. In choice Mint State 63, they combine a beautiful design, true scarcity, large gold content, and low prices to create an excellent value for gold coin buyers.
Unique “No Motto” design
In 1907, their first year of issuance, $20 Saints were designed in “high relief,” meaning that their devices were raised quite high off the fields of the coins. These high relief Saints, however, were difficult to mint properly, often requiring many strikes to raise the impression on the coins surface. As a result, few were struck and the design was changed to a lower relief version for the remainder of 1907 into 1908.
At first, unlike previous U.S. gold coins, the $20 Saints were without the motto “In God We Trust” in their design. Many Americans were outraged by the No Motto design, and a well-publicized scandal ensued as newspapers fanned the flames of controversy.
Bowing to public pressure, Congress passed a law requiring all U.S. coins to include “In God We Trust.” The presses were stopped sometime in mid-1908, and the motto “In God We Trust” was added to the $20 Saints on the obverse along the contour of the rising sun, just below the soaring eagle.
Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements.
U.S. “No Motto” 1908 $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coins, Mint State 63Independently certified by PCGS or NGC.
|Gross Weight||33.346 grams|
|Net Weight||.96750 oz. pure gold|
|Composition||.900 gold, .100 copper|
|Diameter||34 mm, reeded edge.|
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