Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 725
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.32 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 MOTTO 50C PF obverse 1866 MOTTO 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Collectors evidently became aware of the addition of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST this year, as proof sales rose strongly over those of 1865. One or more versions of this sentiment had been kicking around the Treasury Department since 1863, and the adopted version debuted on the new two-cent piece in 1864. It was applied to all silver and gold coins large enough to accommodate it starting with 1866.

This issue is comparable in overall availability to other proof half dollars of the late 1860s. Gems are rare, with certified Cameo examples being very so.

Walter Breen recorded two obverse dies for the 1866 proof half dollar. It's possible that more than one reverse was used, but the lack of a hand-punched feature, such as a date, requires closer study to discern them.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1866 MOTTO 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 750 990 1430 1930 4200 7500 14000 28000 - -
1866 MOTTO 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2050 2900 8750 15000 30500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3300 - 18000 - -
1866 MOTTO 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 73500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 119
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1866 MOTTO 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------315171929129-1--96
-----------------1----1
---------------1------1
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Total----------3151719301210-1--98
 ----------3 %1 %5 %17 %19 %31 %12 %10 %-1 %-- 
1866 MOTTO 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------12211322---23
-------------------1--1
---------------1------1
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Total------------122123221--25
 ------------4 %8 %8 %48 %12 %8 %8 %4 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/16/2005 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 2105, 2105/Lot# 1354 $1,792.00
1/3/2006 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 2758 $2,530.00
4/16/2007 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 135, 140/Lot# 1432 $1,092.50
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1156 $6,462.50
6/4/2014 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3959 $1,057.50
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1448 $2,820.00
1/7/2015 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4983 $3,642.50
1/6/2016 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4076 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 50C PF MOTTO Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11281164120112391278131713581400144214851530157517251886249529104565592280588485920211716
11401176121412521291133113721414145615001545162517792089263334625017663482008724100400
0000001372141414561500154516251779208926333462501766348200872400
0000001386142814711515156016751832229227724013547073468343896300
1866 50C PF MOTTO Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base570558255947607061966324645365856718685469917131758680638562908396281019610788113181220315282
57455866598861126239636764976629676369007038728377458229873692659817103931096511613132290
0000006497662967636900703872837745822987369265981710393109651161300
00000065416674680969457084743479048396890994461000710591111411190800
1866 50C PF MOTTO
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941972100510371072110711421178121612551294133314211683206825403657456559227756842810788
95198310161049108411191154119112291268130713621508181122252912396050176533798092150
0000001154119112291268130713621508181122252912396050176533798000
0000001166120312421281132013921596194023833285426254707145820400
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Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 4565
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 2540
Owner: rue henri
 
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