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1909 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Obverse     1909 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Reverse


1909 $20 OR DOUBLE EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 9150, 9206

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 161,215
Proofs: 67

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) above the date)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  ex - Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
Gem Matte Proof, nearly Superb.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1925, plated, sold for $52,900.00  Ex Stack's sale of the Floyd T. Starr Collection (October 20, 1992); earlier, ex J.C. Morgenthau's September 23, 1936 sale, lot 266, where it was catalogued by Wayte Raymond as 'Uncirculated Superb!' and sold for $38.25.

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 306, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 589, illustrated, sold for $36,800.00  From the Bowers & Merena Rarities Sale, January 2000, Lot 445; earlier from David Akers Numismatics Inc.'s sale of the Price Collection, May 1998, Lot 80 PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 959, illustrated, sold for $20,700.00  From RARCOA's sale of the N.M. Kaufman Collection, August 1978, Lot 953; reoffered from Part III of the Bass Collection, May 2000, Lot 916

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1426, "1908/8", plated, sold for $3,737.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7586, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8004, illustrated, sold for $4,945.00  From the Conrad Sommers Collection

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1591, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8003, not illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 945, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 946, unsold

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9358, not plated, sold for $1,552.50

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9361, "1909/8", not plated, sold for $3,323.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8005, "1909/8", illustrated, sold for $4,082.50  From the Conrad Sommers Collection

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 943, "1909/8", sold for $1,322.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9360, "1909/8", not plated, sold for $1,334.00

MS-60+.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1592, illustrated, sold for $920.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1857, sold for $1,121.25

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2674, "1909/8", sold for $632.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1474, not illustrated, not sold

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 304,"Overdate", sold for $948.75

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9359, "1909/8", not plated, sold for $1,035.00  From the collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6083, "1909/8", not plated, sold for $632.50  Ex Massachusetts Historical Society (Bowers and Merena, 11/94), lot 4495; From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2675. "1909/8", sold for $368.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2676, "1909/8", unsold

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 305, "1909/8", sold for $690.00

VF-30.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 944, "1909/8", sold for $281.75

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "1909/8" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

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