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1908 No Motto $20 Saint Gaudens NGC MS 67

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1908 No Motto $20 Saint Gaudens NGC MS 67

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This coin is spot and blemish free. Everything you'd expect from a MS 67 super gem. It is fresh to the market and was bought at a great price. We are passing the savings on to our customers.

The history behind the No Motto Saint:
The $20 St.Gaudens Double Eagle gold piece is the largest denomination of gold coinage the United States Mint produced from 1907 to 1933. It’s named after its designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens was commissioned by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 to create this coin. The primary motive behind Roosevelt’s request was to “beautify America’s coinage.” Saint Gaudens design not only won the approval of Roosevelt, but the entire country, and has been appropriately titled “America’s Most Beautiful Coin.”

The $20 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle features Liberty holding a torch and olive branch, while the sun’s rays and U.S. capitol building are in the background.

The reverse depicts an eagle in flight with the sun’s rays in the background just like the obverse. Saint Gaudens initial design consisted of a high relief obverse and reverse, and the date in roman numerals, however after his death in 1907, plans were made to redesign the coin to lower the relief, as it became impractical for circulation strikes.

However, President Theodore Roosevelt specifically requested that the motto be excluded due what he considered to be the immoral habits of many men in the state – namely, gambling, drinking and the use of brothels.

Roosevelt’s wishes were upheld throughout most of 1908, until Congress intervened and demanded that the motto be included once more.

This continued until the $20 Saint-Gaudens coin was taken out of circulation in 1933. As such, the 1908 "no motto" $20 gold pieces are very rare and highly valuable.