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1908 $20 OR DOUBLE EAGLE - WITHOUT "IN GOD WE TRUST"
ON REVERSE
(see also 1908 Double Eagle With "IN GOD WE TRUST" on Reverse)

PCGS Nos: 9142, 99142

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,271,551
Proofs: 0

Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (modified by Charles E. Barber)

Diameter: ±34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: ±516 grains (±33.4 grams)

Edge: |******E|*PLURIBUS*|UNUM*****

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) above the date

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Notes:
The 1908 No Motto Double Eagle is sometimes referred to as the "Godless $20" because of the missing motto (IN GOD WE TRUST) just above the sun on the back of the coin.  The motto was ordered off the coin by President Teddy Roosevelt, an otherwise religious man who felt the words violated the Constitutional separation of church and state and that God's name had no business being on a coin.  However, due to Congressional and public influence, the motto was restored later in 1908, where it remained until the series ended in 1933.

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest "Wells Fargo" examples graded by PCGS are 10 MS-69's.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7995, illustrated, sold for $4,715.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9354, plated, sold for $5,520.00  Ex: Wells Fargo

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo HoardEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 810, illustrated, sold for $1,995.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo HoardEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 811, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo HoardEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 812, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo HoardEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 813, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo Hoard.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 814, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66, Wells Fargo HoardEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 815, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7994, not illustrated, sold for $1,437.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7993, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1851, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1237, sold for $1,754.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1238, sold for $1,610.00

PCGS MS-66, Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1921, "No Motto", plated, unsold

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4170, "No Motto", illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4171, "No Motto", not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4172, "No Motto", illustrated, sold for $1,437.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4173, "No Motto", not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4174, "No Motto", not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4175, "No Motto", not illustrated, sold for $1,437.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 938, sold for $1,380.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 296, sold for $1,495.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9350, not plated, sold for $1,437.50

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9351, not plated, sold for $1,495.00 Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9352, not plated, sold for $1,437.50  Ex: Wells Fargo  From the estate of Harry West

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9353, not plated, sold for $1,495.00  From the estate of Harry West

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 410, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1465, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Ex: Wells Fargo Hoard

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7992, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9340, not plated, sold for $747.50  Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9341, not plated, sold for $747.50  Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9342, not plated, sold for $747.50 Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9343, not plated, sold for $718.75  Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9344, not plated, sold for $718.75  Ex: Wells Fargo

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9345, not plated, sold for $718.75

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9346, not plated, sold for $747.50 From the estate of Harry West

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9347, not plated, sold for $862.50  Ex: Wells Fargo  From the estate of Harry West

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9348, not plated, sold for $891.25  Ex: Wells Fargo  From the estate of Harry West

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9349, not plated, sold for $833.75 From the estate of Harry West

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1472, not illustrated, sold for $891.25

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1413, plated, sold for $833.75

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1414, not plated, sold for $345.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1415, not plated, sold for $373.75

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7582, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7990, not illustrated, sold for $471.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7991, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  From the Conrad Sommers Collection

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1239, sold for $489.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 297, sold for $575.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1417, not plated, sold for $632.50

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1418, not plated, sold for $322.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1419, not plated, sold for $345.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1922, "No Motto", not plated, sold for $356.50

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2659, sold for $379.50

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1852, sold for $448.50

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1240, sold for $517.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1241, sold for $506.00

MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1242, sold for $368.00

MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1243, sold for $437.00

MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6081, not plated, sold for $368.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 419, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1473, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1853, sold for $345.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1416, not plated, sold for $391.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1420, not plated, sold for $345.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1923, "No Motto", not plated, sold for $356.50

MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1244, sold for $356.00

MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1245, sold for $356.00

MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6080, not plated, sold for $391.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1246, sold for $345.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1590, not illustrated, sold for $379.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1854, sold for $333.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1421, not plated, sold for $333.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1422, not plated, sold for $333.50

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4183, not illustrated, sold for $316.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 303, sold for $345.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2666, sold for $322.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service