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: $316.45 (7/22/2014)
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: 7/9/2014

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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 850 950 1150 1400 3550 3550 7950 9400 12250 19000 - 36000 - - - - - - - - -
$ 4000 8400 10500 13500 21000 - - - - - - - - -
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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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9/29/1999 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1216, 1216/Lot# 1873 $5,064.00
4/23/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 1612 $793.50
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1187 $3,510.00
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
11/29/2012 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10767 $822.50
4/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5808 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

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