Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,920
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.20 (10/17/2019)
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: 9/4/2019

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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 950 1000 1300 2100 4350 7000 9000 10000 17000 22500 30000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 58

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1143106124163-----------51
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Total1143106124163-----------51
 2 %2 %8 %6 %20 %12 %24 %8 %2 %12 %6 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/23/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 1612 $793.50
5/20/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2369, 2369/Lot# 2586 $4,144.00
10/22/2009 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 1447 $1,858.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1187 $3,510.00
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
8/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4606 $5,581.25
6/5/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5726 $2,702.50
12/1/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 133744 $2,530.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S $5 MS MOTTO Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169718472051230835184319495252545879693877048817333333333
1662174719152137271137854530505354626232719380758817333333330
0000004530505354626232719380758817333333300
0000004741515356716585744984468817333333300
1866 S $5 MS MOTTO
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1558160917531949219733654141475650495656668574318515333333333
1575165718182032258636244346485452515999693477928515333333330
0000004346485452515999693477928515333333300
0000004551495154546342718281548515333333300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 3365
Owner: Lucky One
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 2197
Owner: tommy44
 
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