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

PCGS No: 8300
 
Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,000
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

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Significant examples:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3711, sold for $14,950.00

Recent appearances:
Net VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 492, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  Purchased from Jack L. Klausen, June 19, 1968

PCGS Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 231, not illustrated, sold for $1,006.25


Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 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