Gold averaged $18.95 for the year, one cent higher than 1907 while silver fell just over a nickel to an average of $0.494 as the decline in the shiny metal continued into its second year. The Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opened in Ottawa giving the North Americans yet more coins to save each year, and the first roles of US stamps were issued adding even more to the mix for collectors. The London Olympic Games gave collectors several coins and tokens to seek out, but there were many coins from which to choose back home to keep most numismatists happy. Otherwise, the only good sporting news, at least for us Braves fans, the Yankees lost 103 games for one of the worst seasons any baseball team ever had. Even over a hundred years later, I must smile as I write this!
The Indian Head cent, for the first time, had a mint mark as San Francisco began issuing coppers for the first time. Also, New Orleans got into the action with Barber dimes, quarters, and halves adding greatly to the number of coins to complete a set. The total US distribution for 1908 now required 40 coins, but foreign coin production was reduced to only 12 Philippine coins. As for patterns, four were made but two were rejected and melted down leaving only two collectible types. Both were made of bronze even though they were designed to ultimately become $20 gold pieces. These bring the total for the avid collector of 1908 coins to 54 coins. Good luck finding them and bring your checkbook when you attend the shows to buy some of these.
The following is the list of those needed for your collection: