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    1908-D Motto Double Eagle, MS66+
    Finely Textured Orange-Gold Surfaces

    1908-D $20 Motto MS66+ PCGS. Ex: Fox. The 1908-D Motto double eagle is, by a wide margin, the most collectible first-year Motto issue in Gem and Premium Gem grades. The Denver Mint struck 349,500 double eagles after July 1, when the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was reinstated. Roger Burdette reports that approximately 5,500 examples were repatriated from foreign holdings. Those coins constitute nearly all of the 1908-D Motto twenties known today, with the rest having been melted. Most survivors come from a large Central American hoard dispersed in 1983, and it is likely this blazing MS66+ double eagle was included in that cache. Both sides are sharply struck with beautifully textured, nearly unabraded fields and rich orange-gold color. Minuscule marks are expertly concealed within the design features. Population: 37 in 66 (3 in 66+), 4 finer (9/19).

    David Akers (2012) Comments:
    Many of the comments I made with respect to the 1908-D No Motto apply to the 1908-D With Motto as well. Before 1983, it was very difficult to find examples of this issue that were better than MS63 although the 1908-D With Motto was never thought to be as rare and impossible to find in gem condition as the 1908-D No Motto. For example, both the Eliasberg and Norweb collections, formed decades prior to the early 1980s, contained gems of the With Motto issue; in fact, the Eliasberg specimen was a superb, nearly flawless coin which Dr. Steven Duckor purchased at the famous 1982 sale of Eliasberg's gold coin collection. However, both collections contained only low quality mint state examples of the 1908-D No Motto.

    In 1983, a huge hoard of U.S. double eagles was located in Central America and sold to MTB, a New York City rare coin and bullion dealer of renown. It contained many uncirculated examples of both the 1908-D With Motto and 1908-D No Motto, many of them grading choice to gem uncirculated with some superb MS66 and, in the case of the With Motto issue, one or two MS67 specimens included as well. Today, the 1908-D With Motto is only moderately scarce in gem condition and certainly not rare by any means. Superb MS66 examples remain rare, however, and MS67 specimens are extremely rare with only a handful known.
    From The Rollo Fox Collection of $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26F9, PCGS# 9148)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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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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