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    1908-D Motto Double Eagle, MS66
    Vibrant Orange-Gold Surfaces

    1908-D $20 Motto MS66 NGC. Despite objections from President Theodore Roosevelt, Congress mandated that the motto IN GOD WE TRUST be added to the Saint-Gaudens double eagle and other U.S. coinage. While Roosevelt felt the motto distracted from the Saint-Gaudens design, he yielded to public outcry and Congressional will. All of the 1908 With Motto twenties (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco) are scarce in Gem Uncirculated condition and rare any finer, although the 1908-D Motto benefits from several high-grade examples found in Central America in 1983.

    This impressive Premium Gem displays vibrant, orange-gold color and a crisp strike throughout the frosted, minimally abraded surfaces. A few tiny ticks do not distract from the overall smooth and attractive fields and devices, while sharp definition on Liberty's torso and the peripheral obverse elements add to the outstanding eye appeal. NGC reports just two numerically finer examples, plus six pieces with Plus or Star designations. Census: 13 in 66 (1 in 66+, 5 in 66 ), 2 finer (6/20).
    From The Collection of a Distinguished WW2 Veteran. (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F9, PCGS# 9148)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by Roger Burdette, and edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle

    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this 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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