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: $1137.78 (12/22/2014)
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: 11/15/2014

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 747
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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1/12/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7465
1/12/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7464


Auction Prices Realized

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12/29/1995 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0801, 801/Lot# 866 $659.38
1/23/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 71, 76/Lot# 974 $713.00
1/31/2010 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2356 $1,437.50
9/5/2010 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210092, 210092/Lot# 22389 $1,750.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
11/1/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 8677 $1,645.00
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5415 $5,889.10
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
Base60067275283893310951360158334714198502154666248743114745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
624698780869987118314342212371344725169572666429869179072949548815811321115761145381175580
000000143422123713447251695726664298691790729495488158113211157611453800
0000001508284139554746531759877036123072106934759576079586411255711553800
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 1095
Owner: ddr70
 
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