Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Mintage

The Saint Gaudens Double Eagle is widely viewed as one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs in history. Created by reknown sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, a striking image of Liberty is portrayed holding an olive branch and lit torch. She steps confidently forward with the U.S. Capitol building and the rays of the sun behind her. The reverse features the majestic image of a flying eagle with the rays of the sun beneath.

Saint Gaudens Double Eagle

The coins were minted from 1907 to 1933 with a few modifications to the design, most notably the relief in which it was rendered. Augustus Saint Gaudens had originally intended to the coins to be struck in ultra high relief, but this was lowered to high relief for initial circulation production. After about 12,000 pieces were struck, the relief was lowered once again to enable mass production.

While mintages are interesting to study for the series, they are less significant a factor in determining rarity than is usually the case. Following the gold coin recall of 1933, millions of double eagles were melted by the government, with great impact on the surviving populations of coins. The 1933 Double Eagle in particular had production of 445,500 coins, but only a few pieces still exist.

For the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle series:

  • Total circulating coin production for the series was 70,290,763 across the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities.
  • The largest number of Saint Gaudens Double Eagles were struck at the San Francisco Mint, which was responsible for 34,906,338 coins, nearly 50% of the total.
  • The highest mintage coin was the 1928 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle at 8,816,000.
  • Besides the small number of high relief coins, the lowest mintage occurred with the 1908-S Saint Gaudens Double Eagle at 22,000 pieces. Despite having the lowest mintage, some other issues of the series have fewer surviving specimens.

Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Mintages

IssueMintage
1907 high relief12,367
1907 arabic numerals361,667
1908 without motto4,271,551
1908-D without motto663,750
1908 with motto156,258
1908-D with motto349,500
1908-S22,000
1909161,215
1909-D52,500
1909-S2,774,925
1910482,000
1910-D429,000
1910-S2,128,250
1911197,250
1911-D846,500
1911-S775,750
1912149,750
1913168,780
1913-D393,500
1913-S34,000
191495,250
1914-D453,000
1914-S1,498,000
1915152,000
1915-S567,500
1916-S796,000
1920228,250
1920-S558,000
1921528,500
19221,375,500
1922-S2,658,000
1923566,000
1923-D1,702,250
19244,323,500
1924-D3,049,500
1924-S2,927,500
19252,831,750
1925-D2,938,500
1925-S3,776,500
1926816,750
1926-D481,000
1926-S2,041,500
19272,946,750
1927-D180,000
1927-S3,107,000
19288,816,000
19291,779,750
1930-S74,000
19312,938,250
1931-D106,500
19321,101,750
1933445,500

Source: SaintGaudensDoubleEagle.com