Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,920
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.36 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS obverse 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is one of those truly rare San Francisco Mint early gold issues that, if it had a C, CC, or D mintmark, would undoubtedly garner a great deal more attention. At it is, it poses an enticing opportunity for astute numismatists who have developed an understanding for both how rare and underrated some of these early S-mint gold issues are. While not quite as rare as the 1866-S No Motto half eagle, which is unknown in Mint State, the 1866-S With Motto is merely a great condition rarity--one seldom seen in high grades and extremely rare in Mint State. As most certified examples grade only about VF30, it is clear that most pieces circulated heavily on the West Coast soon after their issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2013

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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 675 775 975 1250 3350 3350 7750 8900 11500 17500 29000 34000 - - - - - - - - -
$ 3600 8300 9900 12500 19500 31000 36500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
9/10/1993 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 780 $687.50
2/5/1994 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Sale #112, 112/Lot# 6380 $10,450.00
9/29/1999 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1216, 1216/Lot# 1872 $580.25
4/23/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 1612 $793.50
9/19/2010 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2869 $1,983.75
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4291 $3,231.25
8/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4606 $5,581.25
12/30/2012 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131302/Lot# 26320 $851.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1028113814501799204830093868451253285774634966859614143882183033542371754109145304498295468159873
1064124215661882236832954082478454765965646176611120516868257343475338480424954681251446564110
000000408247845476596564617661112051686825734347533848042495468125144600
000000429750565625615765738637127961934929638359643978543899483205306300
1866 S MOTTO $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5774
Owner: Summer97
 
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