Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 94,000
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.78 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S$1 MS obverse 1857 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Mint's official 1857 Annual Report and the Guide Book both list the mintage of the 1857 Seated Liberty dollar as 94,000 pieces, research by R.W. Julian indicates a delivery of 490 pieces on May 29, 1857 was mistakenly omitted from the total. Q. David Bowers speculates the small delivery may have been a special striking for unknown purposes. Because the silver dollar contained a $1.046 melt-down value in silver, the coins rarely circulated domestically. Most examples were used in the China trade, and ultimately melted in the Orient, with the result that the issue is much rarer than generally supposed today. Bowers estimates a few hundred coins may still exist in circulated grades, with Mint State examples 'quite rare.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1857 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 425 580 675 940 1600 1600 2275 2600 2750 3450 4050 4500 5900 10000 22500 80000 - - - - -
$ 1750 2500 2850 3000 3750 4400 4900 6350 11000 26000 86000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 81
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
7/31/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6493 $4,730.00
2/14/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0815, 815/Lot# 674 $999.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1697 $4,887.50
11/5/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 805 $2,311.50
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8067 $3,162.50
1/9/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4562 $3,525.00
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8628 $940.00
2/27/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3626 $1,292.50
3/20/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30095 $7,050.00
5/11/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192034 $993.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3620745838990147716211753192420292176226824952807308048537198900711754219373318050837
208661776888115215251665181019592078220623432599289836715634780199221514825684390650
000000166518101959207822062343259928983671563478019922151482568400
0000001709186719942127223724192703298942626416840410838185422943200
1857 S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3620745838990147716211753192420292176226824952807308048537198900711754219373318050837
208661776888115215251665181019592078220623432599289836715634780199221514825684390650
000000166518101959207822062343259928983671563478019922151482568400
0000001709186719942127223724192703298942626416840410838185422943200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 9007
Owner: Tradedollarnut
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 4853
Owner: mr cool
 
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