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$20 1908 With Motto St. Gaudens Gold Double Eagle


This stunning 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle comes from the series` second year of issue and has a low mintage of just 156,258. In addition to that, it is graded a Choice Uncirculated Mint State 64 by either NGC or PCGS. Of the total mintage of 1908 With Motto Saint-Gaudens, only 1,123 have been graded MS 64. The Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle, widely considered the most beautiful piece of American coinage ever created, was minted from 1907 to 1933. Due to President Theodore Roosevelt`s dislike of U.S. coinage at the time, he employed the famed sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign the Double Eagle. This second year of issue 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles contains the motto "In God We Trust." The original 1907 design of this coin did not contain the motto, but due to public disapproval, the motto was added to the coins in 1908. Years later, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated Executive Order 6102, which recalled gold from the American public in order to be melted down. As a result of this executive order, rare gold coins like the 1908 Saint-Gaudens became drastically more difficult to find.