1866-S $20 No Motto AU55

PCGS#: 8945

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The Double Eagle collector who would like a high grade (AU or better) example of this date is likely to be disappointed. Actually this issue is very rare in any condition, second among S-Mint issues only to the 1861-S Paquet, and 28th in the entire 204 coin series. In rarity according to average grade, the 1866-S No Motto is tied for first with the 1870-CC and 1871-CC. When available, which is not really very often, the 1866-S No Motto is typically VF and heavily bagmarked. A strictly graded EF is very rare and, above that level, the 1866-S No Motto is excessively rare and, for all practical purposes, unavailable.

Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained only a single example of the 1866-S No Motto $20, but it was a doozy.  At PCGS MS62, it became immediately the best example known of this scarce issue.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 12,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 307 R-6.3 12 / 44 TIE 20 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 4 / 44 TIE 4 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade

Saddle Ridge Hoard

2 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 MS60 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:2625, $129,250

4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade