Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 994,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 S MOTTO 50C MS obverse 1866 S MOTTO 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Once the San Francisco Mint received its replacement reverse dies bearing the new motto IN GOD WE TRUST, it was able to produce a substantial number of half dollars. This issue is fairly common in most circulated grades, becoming elusive only at the XF level. Mint State survivors are rare, and it's not unusual to see worn dies having blurred border denticles.

Some twelve die pairs were shipped to San Francisco for the 1866-S half dollar coinage, though it's not certain exactly how many bore the new motto. The Bugert Die Registry for this mint identifies nine die marriages of coins bearing the motto, and these encompass six each of obverse and reverse dies. All of the latter feature a new mintmark punch known to numismatists as the Very Small S. Three collars have been observed, these having 138, 139 or 140 reeds, respectively.

Collectible varieties include two MPD (misplaced date) dies, WB-103 (VP-001 & VP-002). Wiley-Bugert also list a minor DDR (doubled-die reverse) that has attracted little interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1866 S MOTTO 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 90.00 135 155 325 475 490 975 1100 925 1600 2450 3200 5200 13500 21000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1866 S MOTTO 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2152231285449-222661----94
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Total2152231285449-222661----94
 2%1%5%2%24%13%9%5%4%4%10%-2%2%2%6%6%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S MOTTO 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1143212255381745793949106611931290146616091969280738525610682011454182632936135157
4816622629750276184598811081225134915141729224831554438601383651372421962312930
0000008459881108122513491514172922483155443860138365137242196200
00000089710271151125814071561184925283504502464179909159932566200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1290
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 381
Owner: 123cents
 
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