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: $1255.43 (7/30/2014)
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: 5/28/2014

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1900 2350 2950 2950 4400 7600 12000 18750 25000 32500 72500 - - - - - - - -
$ 3500 5250 8500 13000 21000 27000 37500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 738
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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8/9/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4123


Auction Prices Realized

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12/29/1995 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0801, 801/Lot# 866 $659.38
1/9/2002 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280, 280/Lot# 4044 $12,650.00
1/23/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 71, 76/Lot# 974 $713.00
9/19/2010 NGC   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3790 $1,552.50
9/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4484 $10,925.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
8/30/2013 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3511 $2,115.00
9/25/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 5405 $2,232.50


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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