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: $1097.24 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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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: 4/13/2015

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1900 2250 2800 4950 6450 11750 19000 37500 72500 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 753
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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6/11/2003 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1737, 1737/Lot# 1762 $550.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1705 $9,775.00
5/28/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3601 $21,850.00
3/3/2011 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 563, 570/Lot# 5513 $4,370.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
6/4/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 9860 $1,645.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2652 $15,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225024012614291033863800427555156685770486441091914745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
194422392300247227133069352439584688590570258017940212194179072949648815811321115771145381175580
0000003524395846885905702580179402121941790729496488158113211157711453800
00000036624117510262957364833110161134702107034759576089586411255711553900
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2910
Owner: ddr70
 
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