Date 1866-S Grade PCGS AU58 PCGS Price Guide 25000 Population (PCGS) 7/1 Population (NGC) 7/0 Serial Number 8300.58/34482034 PCGS Lookup Number 8300
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$5.00 - 1866-S No Motto PCGS AU58 - $21750
RARE AND IMPORTANT PCGS AU58 1866-S NO MOTTO HALF EAGLE
The 1866-S No Motto is an important transitional issue which also represents the final issue of this design. Only 9,000 were made and well under 100 are known with most showing heavy wear from extensive commercial usage. There are an estimated four to six known in AU58 as well as a unique PCGS MS61 which realized $50,525 in its March 2017 auction appearance.
This newly-graded example shows minimal wear and is very lustrous with good detail seen at the borders. Many higher grade 1866-S No Motto half eagles have "busy" surfaces and this piece shows fewer marks than normal with nothing deep or detracting.
Since 1999, only one PCGS AU58 example of this date has sold at auction and it brought $21,150 as Legend 12/16: 453.
This is a popular coin due to its unique transitional status and its fundamental rarity. It deserves to reside in a high quality set of No Motto Liberty Head half eagles.