Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 60,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.37 (6/18/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS obverse 1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

For 1866's coinage, the U. S. Mint's intended to add the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to all coins large enough to permit it. This was achieved that year, but not before the San Francisco Mint proceeded to strike small runs of eagles, double eagles and half dollars. The new reverse dies for S-Mint coins did not arrive in time to prevent the onset of production with dies leftover from previous years. The 1866-S half dollar without the motto is a very scarce coin in lower grades and is genuinely rare grading XF and higher. Mint State survivors are extremely rare.

Just a single pair of dies was used to strike the 60,000 half dollars without motto, and this coinage was likely effected in a single day. The mintmark used was the Small, Thin S introduced with 1865's production, and it's likely that the reverse die was part of that same shipment. Most examples display obvious die-clashing impressions.

The Bugert Die Registry for San Francisco Mint half dollars lists three different reed counts for 1866-S half dollars of both issues, but it's not stated which of these is seen on the No Motto edition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 650 845 1060 1780 2375 4250 4950 5350 6250 10000 11400 16500 24000 37500 84500 120000 195000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 75
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 6/11/2019 1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base651342386-1-1-14--111---75
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Total651342386-1-1-14--111---75
 8 %7 %17 %5 %31 %11 %8 %-1 %-1 %-1 %5 %--1 %1 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1483 $2,760.00
7/7/2011 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8374 $604.90
12/11/2011 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 2387 $437.00
2/7/2013 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7955 $646.25
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125921 $907.50
11/15/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33736 $2,702.50
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00
4/1/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7772 $364.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S NO 50C MS MOTTO
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111591477170719692727286034673730386841414817515861697077864411643930615252197392941135214
38712651554179422222771306235553776395943664931549564727599964411643112881674822963313450
00000030623555377639594366493154956472759996441164311288167482296300
000000326536423822405045925044583267748122106431164313270182432618700
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 1969
Owner: 123cents
 
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