The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
P. Scott Rubin:
The 1866 No Motto Silver Dollar is one of the most mysterious and valuable coins in U.S. coinage. A book could be written about the history of the two known specimens. At present the pedigrees of these two coins is a puzzle.
The only available 1866 No Motto Silver Dollar last sold for $1,207,500 in American Numismatic Rarities January, 2005 auction, the second of the two known specimens is currently on loan to the American Numismatic Association by the DuPont Family. The 1866 No Motto Silver dollar is a pattern that is represented in A Guide Book Of United States Coins (The Red Book) as a regular issue. Only two specimens are believed to have been stuck. One of these two coins is thought to have been included in a set of three coins, the other two coins are the unique 1866 No Motto Quarter and 1866 No Motto Half Dollar, believed to have been owned by R. Coulton Davis before his death in 1888. There is a mystery as to when these coins were struck and over the years the pedigrees of the two Silver Dollars have been confused as to which coin was included in the set of three No Motto Silver coins.
The first of the two 1866 No Motto Silver Dollars made its public appearance in the 1914 American Numismatic Society exhibit where H.O. Granberg loaned it along with the unique Quarter and Half Dollar. The second specimen did not show up publicly until 1960 when it appeared it in Stack's auction of the Fairbanks Collection, but was known to be in the Brand Collection as early as 1899.
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