Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,920
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $276.18 (9/1/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS obverse 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is one of those truly rare San Francisco Mint early gold issues that, if it had a C, CC, or D mintmark, would undoubtedly garner a great deal more attention. At it is, it poses an enticing opportunity for astute numismatists who have developed an understanding for both how rare and underrated some of these early S-mint gold issues are. While not quite as rare as the 1866-S No Motto half eagle, which is unknown in Mint State, the 1866-S With Motto is merely a great condition rarity--one seldom seen in high grades and extremely rare in Mint State. As most certified examples grade only about VF30, it is clear that most pieces circulated heavily on the West Coast soon after their issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 61

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/5/1994 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Sale #112, 112/Lot# 6380 $10,450.00
9/29/1999 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1216, 1216/Lot# 1872 $580.25
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1145 $414.00
1/12/2005 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 9043 $575.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1187 $3,510.00
7/29/2010 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 501, 507/Lot# 7724 $931.50
9/19/2010 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2869 $1,983.75
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4291 $3,231.25
4/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5808 $2,820.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
1866 S MOTTO $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5774
Owner: Summer97
Grade: VF 25
Points: 2048
Owner: tommy44
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