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: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
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.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1680 1800 2200 2375 3850 5200 9950 12650 17000 21550 40000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 37000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 812
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: 10/8/2019 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----38891781121231341144164--------812
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------1-121-2---------7
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Total----38891791121241361154184--------819
 ----5 %11 %22 %14 %15 %17 %14 %0 %2 %0 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/16/2007 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2422, 2422/Lot# 2279 $896.00
1/31/2010 NGC MS 60   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2355 $1,437.50
5/9/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 582, 589/Lot# 4471 $7,935.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9741 $4,140.00
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
2/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4268 $7,931.25
9/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3477 $8,225.00
1/29/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1217/Lot# 4317 $3,760.00
7/7/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1237/Lot# 4607 $5,052.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S $20 MS MOTTO
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225024012614291033863800427555156685770486441091914745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
194422392300247227133069352439584688590570258017940212194179072949648815811321115771145381175580
0000003524395846885905702580179402121941790729496488158113211157711453800
00000036624117510262957364833110161134702107034759576089586411255711553900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6685
Owner: kjlkkba
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2910
Owner: ddr70
 
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