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: $1102.08 (10/4/2015)
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: 4/13/2015

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
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Total Graded: 765
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
12/3/1993 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Dallas Bullet #111, 111/Lot# 689 $2,860.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1705 $9,775.00
12/20/2009 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2786, 2786/Lot# 2573 $1,782.50
10/18/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6199 $9,400.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2653 $12,925.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2654 $11,750.00
8/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 358 $3,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2910
Owner: ddr70
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