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$20 St. Gaudens
 
 
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Lot 1900
1907. High Relief, Roman Numerals, Wire Rim. PCGS graded MS-63 CAC Approved. Mostly untoned and a choice example of American's most popular gold coin. Always in demand and a Premium Quality example for the grade. The satiny yellow-gold surfaces reveal a few light hairlines in the fields that are fairly free of abrasions; Libertys waist does contain a few tiny contact signs as limiters on the grade. Only some stacking friction on Liberty's knee, perhaps, kept this from being MS64. Although the PCGS holder obscures the visual range, the wire rim appears to extend around the circumference of most of each side. Impressive in any condition, the high relief version of Saint-Gaudens' beautiful, and indeed remarkable, design is perhaps the single most popular 20th century gold issue (PCGS # 9135) .
Estimated Value $19,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 1901
1907. Flat Relief, Arabic Numerals. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely golden toning. Beams of satiny to frosted mint luster and rich natural hues greet the eye on this exceptionally fine 1907 No Motto. Desirable with this precision strike as well, viewers will note the detail in the photographs (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,680
Lot 1902
1907. Flat Relief, Arabic Numerals. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely golden toning. A solidly graded, almost premium Gem 63, this coin displays impressive striking definition for a No Motto from this home mint. This is also to say that the strike is full, including those key high points on the standing form of Liberty. A coin with a nice luster appeal, warm golden surfaces appearing as when first put aside over 100 years ago (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,565
Lot 1903
1907. Flat Relief, Arabic Numerals. PCGS graded MS-65. Rich golden toning. A beautiful, frosty-gold Gem, there are no unsettling bagmarks on either side. No more, no less, just as fully struck, as attractive, as you could ask for, with complete detail at the key areas. From a small group consigned by a West Coast collector (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,565
Lot 1904
1907 $20 St. Gaudens. Flat relief. PCGS graded MS-65. A gorgeous frosty Gem specimen. Sunbright to tawny-gold in color with a bold strike, the surfaces reveal a few scattered obverse abrasions by no means distracting. That being the case, this date is rather difficult to find fully struck due to the flat design of 1907-08 No Motto pieces. The present coin retains nice detail to the drapery and knee from a strictly above-average strike (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,565
Lot 1905
1907 $20 St. Gaudens. Flat relief. PCGS graded MS-64. A sparkling golden beauty. The switch to normal date numbering on the No Motto flat relief pieces was done for the convenience of the public (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$2,070
Lot 1906
1907 $20 St. Gaudens. Flat relief. PCGS graded MS-63. A brilliant light golden specimen (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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$1,725
Lot 1907
1907 $20 St. Gaudens. Flat relief. NGC graded MS-62. Untoned (PCGS # 9141) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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Lot 1908
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. With Motto. NGC graded Proof 66. A total of 101 Matte Proofs were struck. As noted, the Philadelphia Mint struck one more than an even hundred Proofs of this high denomination gold coin rarity in 1908. All were issued with the IN GOD WE TRUST motto similar to the Indian $10 Proofs this year, a result of Congressional response to criticism of the action taken by President Roosevelt who eliminated the motto from the newly designed Saint-Gaudens gold pieces in 1907. Roosevelt was a devoutly religious man. He objected to seeing the name of the deity on coinage, and had the courage to impose his convictions on the Mint through the US Department of the treasury (and thereby on the American public). In 1908, there were two sand-blast or matte finishes used, a lighter one of which only 3 are known and the darker finish of the type offered here. This piece very closely resembles the other denomination gold Proofs of 1908 which have a coarse-grain finish. The surfaces are deeper in hue than seen on later issues, and there is a considerable sparkle in the sandblast finish that is visible when viewed with a loupe.

The 1908 Proof is the first year of the 1908-15 Proof twenties. And though it is true that it is the date most frequently obtainable among the eight issues in this very rare series, an early writer suggested that an unknown number of Proofs were melted in the mint as unsold on January 2, 1909. Published estimates of the number in existence today range from as few as 15 to 25 (Bowers) to as many as 30 to 35 (Akers). We believe the number may have to be expanded to include between 45 and 60 pieces in all grades known today, now that the advent of third-party grading helps clarify the census. (We can assume many of these are either resubmissions or so-called cross-overs with more than a little duplication in the active number graded.) A connoisseurs coin and one we expect to attract wide attention and active bids. Pop 24; 10 in 67, 2 in 68 (PCGS # 9204) .

Commentary: With Congress about to debate return of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to the Double Eagle (and $10 Eagle), on February 20, 1908, the mint had struck a pattern double eagle with the motto on the reverse for President Roosevelt to approve. Legislation requiring the motto easily passed Congress and was signed on May 17. By May 23, the mint had made new patterns of both ten and twenty dollar coins for final approval. After June 17, 1908, all the new design gold coins carried the required inscription.
Estimated Value $50,000 - 55,000.
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$71,875
Lot 1909
1908. No Motto. Wells Fargo Nevada Gold. NGC graded MS-68. A satiny smooth untoned gem. Pop 101; 10 finer in 69 (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.
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Lot 1910
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-67. Light golden toning. Here, too, we are pleased to describe a superb gem of the finest order, a No Motto Saint $20 whose explosive luster beams forth in all directions from the golden surfaces. Piercingly sharp for the date, as well, easily finer in sharpness than many in nominally identical grades. Part of the Nevada Gold group.

Of all the various hoards bought in Europe, Asia, America, and elsewhere, this group of 1908 twenties is the most interesting as the highest quality group ever sold. Approximately 19,000 pieces were in the hoard. All were the No Motto issue of 1908. Many graded at the MS66, 67 and higher level, with over 200 pieces in MS68 according to the distributor of the hoard. The group remained in storage since 1917 (the dates printed on the original bank bags in which they were stored)! Because they remained uncleaned and fresh, they are today popular adjuncts to collecting the double eagle series of gold coins. The name "Wells Fargo" was merely marketing to take advantage of the hoards size. They were stored for a time in a Wells Fargo Bank in Nevada, whose name has since been associated with the hoard by PCGS's inclusion of the title on the holders (PCGS # 99142) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold.

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Lot 1911
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A sparkling untoned gem example. A desirable high quality coin for the date, this flashy example displays almost enthralling golden color whose satin surface is brilliant, with sharp detail (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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$2,645
Lot 1912
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A frosty golden mint gem with shimmering luster that dances around the surface as the viewer turns the coin under an incandescent or halogen light. A desirable issue in this outstanding state of preservation (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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Lot 1913
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A greenish golden gem specimen and part of a famous group which surfaced many years ago. The term Wells Fargo Nevada Gold is just a marketing term. The double eagles were stored in a branch of the Wells Fargo Banks while being prepared for sale (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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$4,313
Lot 1914
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A frosty greenish-golden gem specimen (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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Lot 1915
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely golden toning (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 1916
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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$2,300
Lot 1917
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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$2,415
Lot 1918
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
Wells Fargo Nevada Gold The Arden Collection.

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$2,300
Lot 1919
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,243
Lot 1920
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Wells Fargo Nevada Gold. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A splendid frosty mint Gem exhibiting full mint bloom (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1921
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Anoher lovely golden gem. There is much to say about the beautiful surfaces of this 1908 $20 since they are nearly superb, a quality almost unavailable. The mint frost is smooth and satin-like with intensity over each side. There is just a bit of light patina as well. Broadly struck, and unlike some which have the faintest touch of weakness at the centers, this exemplary coin is bold (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,128
Lot 1922
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Light golden toning. An pleasingly attractive example of this No Motto date, with the satiny fields and significantly bold devices offsetting one another. Even the finest, most delicate detail seen on this coin is present, struck with uncommon exactness for the issue (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1923
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A splendid golden gem. Fully pulsating with lovely orange-gold color, the surfaces are free of bothersome post-striking problems such as marks or copper stains. Struck with exactitude by the dies (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1924
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A golden beauty! (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1925
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely golden toning. A nice flow of golden frost from center to periphery on this 1908 Gem. Especially bold strike (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 1926
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A lovely golden gem (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1927
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. Rich golden toning (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1928
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A lovely golden gem whose smooth surface is covered in beaming satin-like luster. The No Motto 1908 is the commonest of the short series and tends to be seen choice to gem on a regular basis, which benefits collectors and Type Set buyers alike. This is a sharp example (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1929
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A lovely golden gem, and another first-rate example in this grade (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 1930
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A golden two-tone gem, superior fields and devices where what our consignor was after when he acquired this and several other MS65 specimens of the 1908 currently on offer in the accompanying lots. It seems almost as if he hand-picked from an original group to land these remarkable beauties (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 1931
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A beauty with a burst of golden colors, with distinctions galore from the color, the luster as well as having a strong strike on the main designs (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 1932
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-65. A lovely golden gem. There is an ASG monogram by the date indicating the coin's designer, August Saint-Gaudens. The artist died before seeing his masterpiece rendered into gold coins, unfortunately. But his legacy lives on in the eyes of numismatists worldwide (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 1933
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Lightly toned (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,783
Lot 1934
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Delicate mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,783
Lot 1935
1908. No Motto. ICG graded MS-66. Rich mint bloom colors. Our grade is MS64 (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1936
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Lovely toning (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,783
Lot 1937
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. NGC graded MS-64. Lightly toned with abundant luster confirming the strict grade (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,668
Lot 1938
1908. No Motto. NGC graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Satin-like luster is characteristic of the No Motto pieces; a frostier type of luster only occurs when dates in the 1920s come along. A very attractive coin (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,955
Lot 1939
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. NGC graded MS-64. Untoned with an abundance of fresh luster. The wide rims seen on the 1907 and 1908 No Motto issues are distinctive. Later, into the 'teens, Philadelphia Mint in particular produced double eagles with wide, square rims. Then this practice went into abeyance (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1940
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. NGC graded MS-64 CAC Approved. Pleasing mint colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,725
Lot 1941
1908 $20 St. Gaudens. No motto. NGC graded MS-64. Delicate golden-orange toning (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1942
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A fully lustrous example (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1943
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Frosty and quite choice (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1944
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A golden orange beauty (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,811
Lot 1945
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Rich mint bloom colors (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1946
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Choice and frosty (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1947
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A beauty! (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 1948
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Lovely golden toning. Choice and as a whistle, as one would look forward to from the MS64 grade; however, what really makes this break free from others is its smooth luster that rolls around each side. Only two small indentations on Liberty, one at the waist and the other upon the knee (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$2,243
Lot 1949
1908. No Motto. PCGS graded MS-64. Delicate golden hues and near enough to the next higher level to turn heads and earn a head-nod for its originality (PCGS # 9142) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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