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    1908-D No Motto Twenty, MS64
    Scarce in the Better Uncirculated Grades

    1908-D $10 No Motto MS64 NGC. The first Saint-Gaudens eagles and double eagles did not have the IN GOD WE TRUST motto, which had appeared on both denominations (and several others) since 1866. In late 1907, shortly after the first double eagles were struck but prior to the release of any eagles, newspapers published reports of the omission. It quickly became clear that the public wanted the motto, and on May 13, 1908 Congress passed a law that required it to be restored to all gold and silver coins upon which it previously appeared. (This meant that the dime and quarter eagle were exempt.) The Denver Mint struck 210,000 No Motto eagles before the law was passed, or approximately one-fourth of its With Motto mintage for that year.
    Most 1908-D No Motto eagles are either circulated or in low Mint State grades. Choice Uncirculated representatives are seldom seen, and the issue is rare any finer. NGC and PCGS combined report 70 specimens in MS64 with only 26 in higher grades (1/12). The present example boasts bright orange-gold patina evenly distributed across both sides. The surfaces display the usual granular mattelike texture, and there are no mentionable marks. A boldly struck example of this desirable one-year type.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 28GH, PCGS# 8854)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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