||1908-D $20 Motto MS64 NGC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. According to the wishes of Roosevelt, who felt it was immoral to have God's name displayed on a coin, Saint-Gaudens' double eagle designs were originally produced without the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Its absence was quickly noticed by congress, which hastily passed a law requiring the motto's presence on all United States coinage. Chief Engraver Charles Barber added the motto partway through 1908. The Denver Mint produced significantly more examples of the earlier No Motto variant than of the With Motto type (663,750 coins versus less than 350,000 coins), but the latter remains slightly more plentiful in high grades. This Choice, minimally abraded example shows rich apricot-gold luster and sharp motifs. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $75.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2350.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.