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

1866-S $20 Motto (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8950
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
830,250
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$55,813 • NGC MS62 • 9-25-2013 • 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 3,152 R-4.3 14 / 31 TIE 72 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 45 R-8.6 11 / 31 47 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62+ PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
9 MS61 PCGS grade
9 MS61 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Although not as rare as the 1866-S No Motto, the 1866-S Motto still ranks as one of the rarest S-Mint issues, on a par overall with the 1860-S, 1861-S, 1862-S, 1864-S, 1867-S and 1868-S. With respect to condition rarity, the 1866-S Motto is in the top 10% of the entire Double Eagle series. Compared to all 204 $20 issues and not just those from the San Francisco Mint, the 1866-S Motto still fares well in terms of overall rarity ranking in the top fifth of the series. Almost all known examples of this date are in the VF and EF grades and a full AU is definitely rare. I have seen two uncirculated examples, the finest being the coin from the Harry Bass collection.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained several examples of the 1866-S With Motto $20, most of which were not ungradeable due to cleaning.  However, the nicest coin, a PCGS MS62+, ranks as the finest example known of this date.