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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1866 $20 Motto DDR FS-801 (Regular Strike)


CLOSEUP OF REVERSE DOUBLING
PCGS #:
145733
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
698,745
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$8,813 • PCGS AU58 • 4-26-2017 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Superior 11/2006:399, $96,600 - AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS63PL estimated grade  

Bowdoin College Collection - Hans Schulman 2/1972:??? - James A. "Jimmy" Hayes Collection - Stack’s 2/1983:111 - Stack’s “Auction ‘84” 7/1984:1473 - Stack's 10/2005:1314, $80,500 - Heritage 7/2008:2054, $126,500

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:5536, $41,125

3 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016, $24,689 - Heritage 2/2017:4032, not sold

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2017:3242, $21,150

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Superior 11/2006:399, $96,600 - AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS63PL estimated grade  

Bowdoin College Collection - Hans Schulman 2/1972:??? - James A. "Jimmy" Hayes Collection - Stack’s 2/1983:111 - Stack’s “Auction ‘84” 7/1984:1473 - Stack's 10/2005:1314, $80,500 - Heritage 7/2008:2054, $126,500

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:5536, $41,125

3 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016, $24,689 - Heritage 2/2017:4032, not sold

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2017:3242, $21,150

Ron Guth: The 1866 $20 With Motto, FS-801 is a Doubled Die Reverse.  The best area in which to look for the doubling is in the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" where several of the letters (particularly the N, G, and R) are obviously doubled.  The Fivaz-Stanton Guide (the FS "Bible") noted that this variety is well known among specialist.  Unfortunately, it commands no premium over that of a regular 1866 With Motto $20, primarily because of the high-value of normal versions, thus there is no incentive to identify them.  We ran into this when working on the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census - many of the auction appearances were clearly FS-801's but they were not identified as such.  

Thus far, we have identified five examples that are MS62 or better, a single example that grades MS64, and none finer.