1908-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
This example, offered as Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Direct Coin of the Week, is a scarce and desirable Mint State preservation for this key date 20th-century double eagle gold issue. Vividly patinated in medium-gold coloration, both sides also sport full mint luster in a softly frosted texture. Well produced with sharply rendered design elements, this handsome BU example is sure to catch the eye of advanced gold enthusiasts.
The 1908-S is one of very few Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle that is encountered more often circulated than Uncirculated.
Given that only 22,000 pieces were produced — one of the lowest mintages for circulation strikes of this type — survivors are certainly elusive at all levels of preservation. Q. David Bowers provides an estimate of 400 to 600 coins in all Mint State grades in his 2004 Guide Book of Double Eagles, published by Whitman.
This is a limited total by the standards of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, confirming the significance of this offering.
PCGS# 9149. NGC ID: 26FA.
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