Philadelphia and San Francisco gold coins from the Civil War reconstruction era (1866-1878)
1866-S $10 Motto





Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: EAGLES - CORONET
Item Description: $10 1866 S MOTTO
Full Grade: NGC AU 53
Owner: Desert Gold

Owner Comments:

With Motto variety. Two varieties of ten dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco mint in 1866: the No Motto (8,500 struck) and the With Motto (11,500 struck). The No Motto is scarcer but not by a vast margin. I have never seen or heard of an Uncirculated example and I think the number of properly graded AU coins numbers in the area of ten or so. This piece is lightly abraded with some luster and light orange-gold toning which is deeper at the edges than the centers. A few months ago, I was offered an inferior AU53 example of this variety for $11,500 by a knowledgeable but somewhat enthusiastic dealer. Looking back through my records, this is the finest 1866-S With Motto eagle I’ve handled since 2002 (when I sold an NGC AU55 to a collector). An important coin for the sophisticated specialist.

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