||1908-S $20 AU58+ NGC. CAC. Aside from the early High Relief type, the 1908-S is the first truly low-mintage issue in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. Only 22,000 pieces were struck (a significant drop from the more than 2.1 million Liberty Head double eagles minted the year before), and most were apparently dispersed into circulation, as most extant pieces show signs of light to moderate wear. Mint State examples become increasingly scarce the further one advances the grade scale. This Plus-graded near-Mint representative displays sharp motifs and unusually clean surfaces for the grade. Satiny honey-gold luster blankets each side, while thin olive and amber-red overtones are seen around the obverse periphery. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $9400.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.