Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 842,250
Catalog: KM-74.2
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1237.34 (5/6/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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

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1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 790
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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3/26/2008 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2508, 2508/Lot# 2153 $1,344.00
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
3/3/2011 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 563, 570/Lot# 5513 $4,370.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25336 $2,350.00
10/18/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6197 $2,173.75
6/23/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123988 $2,970.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6396 $2,585.00
12/3/2015 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 8247 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225024012614291033863800427555156685770486441091914745242324002366400110596113538116539119597
194422392300247227133069352439584688590570258017940212194179072949648815811321115771145381175580
0000003524395846885905702580179402121941790729496488158113211157711453800
00000036624117510262957364833110161134702107034759576089586411255711553900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6685
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2910
Owner: ddr70
 
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