Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 48,900
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.79 (8/2/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 MOTTO $1 MS obverse 1866 MOTTO $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though numismatic journals reported the addition of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to the nation's silver and gold coins in 1866, collectors don't seem to have made any effort to save currency strikes with the new motto. Instead, the sale of proofs advanced this year, only to return to normal levels in 1867.

The 1866 silver dollar is more available in overall numbers than those of 1862-65, due in part to the steady advancement of mintages throughout this decade. Though this year's production wasn't much higher than that of 1865, it's clear that more pieces have survived. The usual pattern is in place, with coins clustered in the higher circulated grades and lower Mint State grades. Gems are available to the most advanced collectors, but they are no more often seen than for other dates of the period.

Just a single pair of dies was used for circulating 1866 silver dollars, and the reverse die is unique to this year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/16/2020

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1866 MOTTO $1 MS
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Base $ 395 475 625 1000 1300 1700 1950 2100 2350 2750 3000 4000 5900 11750 82500 135000 - - - -
$ - - - - 2550 - - 4500 6750 22000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 129
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1866 MOTTO $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-417310101313111891014211---128
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Total-1-417310101313111891114211---129
 -1%-3%13%2%8%8%10%10%9%1%6%7%9%11%2%1%1%--- 
1866 MOTTO $1 MS PL
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Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------11-------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 MOTTO $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7778069211010144218471941219423452486279929943099374243507144112821334813967146081567519361
7878449511154157718782025224423922590286430293313394552818523119711355414181149641690420329
00000020252244239225902864302933133945528185231197113554141811496400
00000021102295243926952929306435284147621399031265913761143941531900
1866 MOTTO $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754865949136317531843208722332368267128602960358341726886109191293713543141691521318820
7377918931087149317831924213622782469273428933168377950778230115921313913752145171641519761
00000019242136227824692734289331683779507782301159213139137521451700
00000020062184232325702797292733753976598195751226413341139601486500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4172
Owner: pulver set
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2671
Owner: Missouri Collection
 
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