Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Important Matte PR66 1908 With Motto Twenty

    1908 $20 Motto PR66 NGC. The end of matte proof coinage in 1916 was present in its inception in 1908. Collectors were unfamiliar with the new matte proofing process and became increasingly dissatisfied as the years went on, in spite of the Mint's efforts to appease collectors. Philadelphia Mint Superintendent Adam Joyce wrote in 1916 to the director:

    " ... great dissatisfaction has been shown by persons desiring these proofs and a seemingly unnecessary amount of correspondence entailed on this office, returning orders and answering complaints.
    "In order to distinguish gold proofs from the regular issue, it has been necessary to give them a sandblast finish, which changes the appearance of the coins to such an extent that it is almost impossible to put them in circulation. This is something I am not sure we have the right to do."

    This altered appearance of matte proof gold, coupled with losing money on the production of proof silver and minor coins, finally stopped proof production on October 18. (This information is courtesy of Roger Burdette in the September 24, 2007 issue of Coin World in an article titled "Endings and Beginnings of 20th Century Proofs.")
    In the beginning, however, a relatively large number of proof twenties were produced with a net mintage of 101 pieces in 1908. Probably between 45 and 60 examples remain today in all grades, most of which are not as well preserved as this piece. The coarse-grained matte finish shows the usual rich khaki-green color. The only mentionable (but not readily noticeable) surface imperfection is a slight shiny spot in the field to the left of the eagle's beak. An outstanding proof twenty from this first year of production and also the first year the Saint-Gaudens design was available in proof format. Census: 26 in 66, 11 finer (1/08).
    From The Southwest Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26GV, PCGS# 9205)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    View all of [The Southwest Collection ]

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2008
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,752

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    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.

    Order Now! Just $95

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 25 days left to consign to the 2018 August 14 - 17 ANA WFOM World Coins Signature Auction - Philadelphia!

    Learn about consigning with us

    To get the most amount of money for your coins, you must go to an auction company such as Heritage. It really impressed me.
    P.A.,
    Benicia, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $20,943,061
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,516,285
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $946,904