Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 842,250
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1721.89 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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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.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 11/30/2020

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
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Base $ 1845 1845 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 916
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----39931931191541731184194--------916
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Total----39931931191551761204214--------924
 ----4%10%21%13%17%19%13%0%2%0%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225024012614291033863800427555156685770486441091914745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
19442239230024722713306935243958468859057025801794021219417907294964881581132111577114538117558125577
0000003524395846885905702580179402121941790729496488158113211157711453800
00000036624117510262957364833110161134702107034759576089586411255711553900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6685
Owner: kjlkkba
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4275
Owner: karl mullineaux
 
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