Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,920
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $321.03 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/25/2016

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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/29/1999 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1216, 1216/Lot# 1872 $580.25
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1145 $414.00
4/26/2006 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2764 $4,312.50
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1187 $3,510.00
7/29/2010 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 501, 507/Lot# 7724 $931.50
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base159916091753194921973365414147565049577466857960961414391218450000000
1602165718182032258636244346485452916078711085111120616876218450000000
0000004346485452916078711085111120616876218450000000
0000004551495155326381753590631279919360218450000000
1866 S MOTTO $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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0000001111111111111100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5774
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 3365
Owner: Lucky One
 
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