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: $306.51 (5/29/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 58


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/25/1999 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 1227, 1227/Lot# 1881 $263.75
1/7/2000 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 7775 $6,325.00
3/3/2003 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #315, 315/Lot# 1640 $4,255.00
11/4/2004 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8410 $1,495.00
4/23/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 1612 $793.50
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1558160917531949219733654141475650495656668574318515333333333
1575165718182032258636244346485452515999693477928515333333330
0000004346485452515999693477928515333333300
0000004551495154546342718281548515333333300
1866 S MOTTO $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169718472051230835184319495252545879693877048817333333333
1662174719152137271137854530505354626232719380758817333333330
0000004530505354626232719380758817333333300
0000004741515356716585744984468817333333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5656
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 3365
Owner: Lucky One
 
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