Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,540
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $16.24 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S$1 MS obverse 1862 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Beginning collectors and specialists alike will find it interesting to note that the 1862 is more easily obtainable in circulated grades than the 1861, this despite the fact that the former issue was produced to the extent of just 11,540 coins. As in 1861, the federal government apparently held a limited number of Silver Dollars stateside in 1862. This is not to suggest that the 1862 Seated Dollar entered domestic circulation at the time of issue. On the contrary, the Silver Dollar was worth $1.04 in gold by 1862, and any coins located by bullion dealers would undoubtedly have been melted. Furthermore, northern banks suspended gold specie payments in December 1861, and by mid-1862 Confederate victories and the uncertain outcome of the war had driven all silver coins from circulation. It is likely, therefore, that many 1862 Silver Dollars were exported, virtually all of which were melted. Other coins were probably released into domestic circulation in the late 1870s, when Silver Dollars were once again worth more as circulating currency than as bullion.

Although scarce, the 1862 is not rare in circulated grades, and collectors can usually obtain a decent representative with a little bit of patience. In Mint State, the 1862 is rare, especially in grades at or above the MS64 level of preservation.

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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1862 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 725 950 1400 2450 2450 3150 3300 3600 4000 5000 5250 6000 8000 13250 72500 - - - - -
$ 2700 3400 3650 4000 4400 6000 6250 6800 9750 21850 80000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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12/27/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1252, 1252/Lot# 1696 $8,268.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2561 $9,200.00
1/16/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211014/Lot# 26281 $977.50
1/3/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3821 $1,380.00
12/5/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9375 $329.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 812 $750.00
4/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184557 $2,480.50
6/4/2014 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 9425 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base367490811381271139316341843205221792355246426852960336550157960900711754220723309650300
2267529841182131114731703191220942237239125372776309539155996830999221519325746388300
000000170319122094223723912537277630953915599683099922151932574600
0000001773198221362296242726112868323044656978865810838186322942100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3365
Owner: Tweed Collection
 
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