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SAINT GAUDENS - SAINT GAUDENS DOUBLE EAGLE (1907-1933)

The High Relief Saint Gaudens Double Eagles have long been considered America’s most beautiful coin; however, even the low relief coins that Charles Barber modified have had lasting beauty and appeal. The modern Gold American Eagle bullion program uses a modification of the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle low relief design, and it is exceedingly popular with investors as a replacement for the Union of South Africa Krugerrand.

The coinage began in 1907 with the Ultra High Relief pattern coins. These are so rare that they are virtually unavailable today with 15 certified by both major grading services, and this number does not account for resubmissions and crossovers. The High Relief Saint Gaudens Double Eagle coins followed in the same year. With a mintage of 12,367, they are available to collectors and investors today. Some of the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle coins have a “wire rim” and others a “flat rim.” The former is caused by extra metal being squeezed out between the dies and collar causing a rim or flange around most of one or both sides. The coins also have a lettered edge. E PLURIBUS UNUM is on the edge with stars dividing the words.

Low relief Saint Gaudens Double Eagle coins were also issued in 1907. They continued until 1933, when all gold production stopped. The low relief coins had Arabic numerals for the date instead of the Roman numerals seen on the previous two issues. In 1908, despite President Roosevelt’s preferences to the contrary, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse. In 1912 two stars were added to the obverse of the coin to correspond with the new states added to the Union.In addition to regular issues, proof Saint Gaudens Double Eagle coins, while rare, are available to collectors and investors. They were issued, aside from the High Relief pieces, from 1908 to 1915. Proof coins of the time came in several different finishes: matte, sand blast, and satin or Roman finish.


1907 Saint Gaudens
"IN GOD WE TRUST" OMITTED FROM REVERSE (1907-1908)
DATE NOTES
1907 Saint Gaudens Includes Ultra High Reliefs- not available to most collectors with only 14 certified, the finest of which are 2 in PR69; High Reliefs- 2 types Wire Rim and Flat Rim, both available most grades including Mint State, the finest certified Wire Rim is a single MS69 example, the finest certified Flat Rim are 3 in MS68; and Arabic Numerals, common in grades up to MS65, the finest certified is a single MS67+ example. NGC has certified 251 High Relief proofs the finest of which are 2 in PF69; PCGS does not recognize High Relief proofs. Arabic Numerals proofs come with Roman or Matt finish, the finest certified are 5 in MS68. 1907 $20 High Relief NGC PF63
1908 Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS67; usually seen with good luster and sharp strike; the finest certified are 10 in MS69.
1908-D Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS64; scarce in gem, usually found with good luster but weakly struck on capitol building and upper part of Liberty; the finest certified are 14 in MS66.
"IN GOD WE TRUST" ADDED TO REVERSE (1908-1933)
DATE NOTES
1908 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; the finest certified is a single MS67 example. Approximately 65 proofs known; seen in both Matte and Roman finish. 1908 St. Gaudens $20 With Motto NGC PF66
1908-D Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; rare above Gem; the finest certified are 4 in MS67.
1908-S Saint Gaudens Low mintage date; usually found with good strike and luster; scarce in Mint State; the finest certified are 6 in MS67.
1909 Saint Gaudens Available in lower Mint State grades; the finest certified are 11 in MS66. Look for the 1909/8 overdate, which has similar population numbers. Approximately 40 proofs known.
1909-D Saint Gaudens Low mintage for the series; available in grades up to MS64, rare in Gem and above grades; the finest certified are 3 in MS67.
1909-S Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually seen with good strikes and luster; the finest certified is a single MS67 example; also seen with doubled mintmark.
1910 Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS64; usually with good strike and luster; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example. Approximately 65 proofs known.
1910-D Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS64; usually with good strike and luster; the finest certified are 4 in MS67.
1910-S Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS64; usually with good strike and luster; the finest certified is a single MS68 example.
1911 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with variable luster; the finest certified are 4 in MS67.
1911 Saint Gaudens, Matte Proof Approximately 55 proofs known. 1911 $20 Saint Gaudens, NGC PF66
1911-D Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS65; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 40 in MS67; also seen with doubled mintmark.
1911-S Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS65; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1912 Saint Gaudens First year with 2 new stars added; available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified is a single MS66+.
1912 Saint Gaudens, Matte Proof Approximately 50 proofs known. 1912 $20 Saint Gaudens, NGC PF67
1913 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually poorly struck with frosty luster, often with greenish gold color; the finest certified is a single MS66 example. Approximately 40 proofs known.
1913-D Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 14 in MS66.
1913-S Saint Gaudens Lower mintage date; available in grades up to MS64; often seen with copper spots; strike is variable; the finest certified is a single MS66 example.
1914 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example. Approximately 40 proofs known.
1914-D Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS65; usually well struck with good luster; often with orange-gold color; the finest certified are 3 in MS67.
1914-S Saint Gaudens Common date; available in grades up to MS66; usually well struck with good luster; many with heavy bag marks; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1915 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified is a single MS66 example. Approximately 35 proofs known.
1915-S Saint Gaudens Common date; available in grades up to MS66; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1916-S Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS65; available in MS66; usually well struck with average luster; the finest certified are 3 in MS67.
1920 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 8 in MS65.
1920-S Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; approximately 125 known in all grades; usually seen with weakness on lower obverse and average luster; the finest certified are 2 in MS66.
1921 Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; approximately 125 known in all grades; the finest certified are 2 in MS66. Two specimen proofs known.
1922 Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS65; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 15 in MS66. Also seen with triple die obverse, doubled die reverse, and prooflike surfaces.
1922-S Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; rare in Gem and above grades; often with weak peripheral strike and good luster; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example.
1923 Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS65; usually well struck with good luster; often seen with orange-gold color; the finest certified are 4 in MS66.
1923-D Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS66; usually boldly struck with excellent luster; the finest certified are 2 in MS68.
1924 Saint Gaudens Most common date of the series; easily available in grades up to MS66; the finest certified are 3 in MS68. Also seen with a doubled die obverse.
1924-D Saint Gaudens Scarce in grades up to MS64; rare in Gem and above grades; usually average strike often with peripheral weakness and good luster; the finest certified are 4 in MS66.
1924-S Saint Gaudens Scarce in grades up to MS64; rare in Gem and above grades; usually average strike often with peripheral weakness and good luster; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1925 Saint Gaudens Common in dates up to MS66; usually boldly struck with good luster; the finest certified are 25 in MS67. Also seen with doubled die reverse.
1925-D Saint Gaudens Scarce in grades up to MS63; rare in 64 and above; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 3 in MS66.
1925-S Saint Gaudens Scarce in grades up to MS62; rare in 63 and above; usually sharply struck with excellent luster; the finest certified is a single MS68 example.
1926 Saint Gaudens Common in grades up to MS66; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 11 in MS67. Also seen with triple die obverse.
1926-D Saint Gaudens Rare in all grades; prohibitively rare in Gem and above; often seen with weakness on lower left obverse; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example.
1926-S Saint Gaudens Available in grades up to MS64; rare in Gem and above; usually seen with weak peripheral strike and good luster; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1927 Saint Gaudens Most common date in the series; easily available in grades up to MS66; usually well struck with good luster; the finest certified are 64 in MS67.
1927-D Saint Gaudens Key to the series; an extreme rarity! Only about 16 known in all grades; included in 100 Greatest U.S. Coins; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1927-S Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; the finest certified are 3 in MS67.
1928 Saint Gaudens Common in all grades up to MS66; usually with bold strike and excellent luster; the finest certified is a single MS67+ example.
1929 Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example.
1930-S Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; only about 60 known in all grades; the finest certified are 6 in MS66.
1931 Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; only about 125 known in all grades; the finest certified is a single MS67 example.
1931-D Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; only about 125 known in all grades; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example.
1932 Saint Gaudens Very rare - most appear to have been melted; only about 90 known in all grades; the finest certified is a single MS66+ example.
1933 Saint Gaudens None were placed into circulation and virtually the entire mintage was melted. Only one example outside of government hands is legal to own; included in 100 Greatest U.S. Coins.


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