Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Mintages

For most coin series, the mintages are an important indication of the rarity of particular issues. Coins with low figures are generally the scarcest and correspondingly carry the highest values. This is not the case for the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle series. Although the mintages are important to study, the number of surviving coins is the key determination of rarity. After the gold recall, many of the Gold Double Eagles minted during the 1920’s were melted, forever reducing the number of coins in existence.

In terms of production, the lowest mintages include ultra high relief and high relief examples struck for 1907, and the 1908-S with a mintage for circulation of 22,000. The most significant examples of coins with high reported production, but low survival rates are the 1927-D and 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagles. Only a dozen or so examples of these dates are known to exist. For the latter date, only one piece has been deemed legal to own, although this may change.

The table below presents the reported mintages for the series. In 1908 the motto “In God We Trust” was added to the reverse of the coin. Mintages for examples with and without the motto are shown.

1907 ultra high relief pattern 19 to 22 known
1907 high relief 12,367
1907 arabic numerals 361,667
1908 without motto 4,271,551
1908-D without motto 663,750
1908 with motto 156,258
1908-D with motto 349,500
1908-S 22,000
1909 161,215
1909-D 52,500
1909-S 2,774,925
1910 482,000
1910-D 429,000
1910-S 2,128,250
1911 197,250
1911-D 846,500
1911-S 775,750
1912 149,750
1913 168,780
1913-D 393,500
1913-S 34,000
1914 95,250
1914-D 453,000
1914-S 1,498,000
1915 152,000
1915-S 567,500
1916-S 796,000
1920 228,250
1920-S 558,000
1921 528,500
1922 1,375,500
1922-S 2,658,000
1923 566,000
1923-D 1,702,250
1924 4,323,500
1924-D 3,049,500
1924-S 2,927,500
1925 2,831,750
1925-D 2,938,500
1925-S 3,776,500
1926 816,750
1926-D 481,000
1926-S 2,041,500
1927 2,946,750
1927-D 180,000
1927-S 3,107,000
1928 8,816,000
1929 1,779,750
1930-S 74,000
1931 2,938,250
1931-D 106,500
1932 1,101,750
1933 445,500