Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 842,250
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1261.04 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS obverse 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In accordance with the Reverend M. R. Watkinson's suggestion, Congress passed the Act of March 3, 1865 and mandated that all silver and gold coins carry the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. To fulfill this requirement for the double eagle, James Barton Longacre enlarged the oval of stars above the eagle's head and inserted the motto within its outline. Unknown to most collectors, however, are the other changes that Longacre incorporated into this new double eagle reverse. The alert numismatist can also discern minor style and positional differences on the shield borders, double scroll, leaves, wings, and tail. While not as rare as its No Motto counterpart, Breen still describes this S-mint double eagle as 'very rare Unc.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2013

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
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Base $ 1810 1820 1860 1900 2560 2560 3310 6000 10500 14500 21500 27000 54000 - - - - - - - -
$ 2800 3600 6500 11500 16000 22500 30000 58000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 736
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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4/27/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11275


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12/29/1995 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0801, 801/Lot# 866 $659.38
6/2/2001 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #264, 264/Lot# 1480 $437.00
1/31/2010 NGC MS 60   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2355 $1,437.50
5/9/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 582, 589/Lot# 4471 $7,935.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 5023 $7,487.65
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25336 $2,350.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7098 $8,812.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base60067275283893310951360158334714198502154666248743114745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
624698780869987118314342212371344725169572666429869179072949548815811321115761145381175580
000000143422123713447251695726664298691790729495488158113211157611453800
0000001508284139554746531759877036123072106934759576079586411255711553800
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 1095
Owner: ddr70
 
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