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Obverse of 1866-S Half Eagle - With Motto on Reverse     Reverse of 1866-S Half Eagle - With Motto on Reverse


1866-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE -
With Motto on Reverse
(see 1866-S Half Eagle Without Motto)

PCGS No: 8312

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 34,920
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 494, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, April 1968, Lot 2103

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 144 sold for $977.50

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 AU-58's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service