Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,700
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $429.92 (6/24/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 MOTTO $5 MS obverse 1866 MOTTO $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

All 1866 half eagles struck at Philadelphia were of the With Motto variety. While the denomination had healthy, if modest mintages at San Francisco in the 1860s, production at the mother Mint was consistently low, in the four-figures, and with business strike production of just 6,700 pieces, the 1866 is no exception. Garrett and Guth (2006) describe it as ' ... very rare in all grades, and Very Fine or Extremely Fine is the usual grade seen.?

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Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1866 MOTTO $5 MS
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Base $ 1000 1200 1350 1900 2300 3700 4950 6500 12500 14000 15500 22500 44000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1866 MOTTO $5 MS
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Base----1246581414-1-------46
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Total----1246581614-1-------48
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 MOTTO $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1749179919852113251927703393347439664472587961536407740394789960104591107411716123841333014328
17661861202822482603297834203638413549415970623867398095963910126106641128811939126991366315044
000000342036384135494159706238673980959639101261066411288119391269900
000000344738024303541060626322707187869799102931086911502121611301500
1866 MOTTO $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658170718862009240126433245332438004290565659226169713891609629101161071711343119961292013895
1674176719272140248228443271348339634745574560046492781293169791103161092611561123041324514590
00000032713483396347455745600464927812931697911031610926115611230400
00000032983641412752015833608768158486947399541051711134117781261200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6169
Owner: Gig Em
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3800
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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