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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1866 $20 Motto (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8949
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:
$126,500 • NGC MS64 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,010 R-4.3 14 / 31 TIE 72 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 9 / 31 34 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade  

Bowdoin College Collection - Hans Schulman 2/1972, lot number unknown (as a Raw Proof!) - 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  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade  

Bowdoin College Collection - Hans Schulman 2/1972, lot number unknown (as a Raw Proof!) - 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  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1866 is scarce in all grades, roughly comparable overall to the 1865, 1872, 1874 and 1875. It is, however, far more rare than the latter three dates in uncirculated condition. Most known 1866's grade in the VF-AU range. Average uncirculated (60) specimens are known but are rare. I have seen a couple of choice uncs but nothing at the gem level.