Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 46,110
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.24 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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Description & Analysis

Because of their tiny business strike mintages, the 1851 and 1852 command a great deal of attention when they appear at auction. But the proofs for those dates are actually more available than for most pre-1858 dates. The 1853 is a reversed situation. It has a business strike mintage of 46,110 pieces, which is low but much larger than the combined 1851 and 1852 emissions. Business strikes are relatively plentiful, at least in grades through XF. Proofs are a completely different matter. Duncan Lee, in his August 2006 supplement to the Coin Dealer Newsletter, lists the 1853 as tied for third place for proof rarity within the entire Seated dollar series.

With one exception, all proof 1853 Seated dollars are believed to be restrikes. None are known to have appeared at auction prior to May, 1864, when one was listed in W. Elliot Woodward's John F. McCoy Collection sale. The diagnostics for the proof 1853 are well known. There is a series of diagonal die lines beneath Liberty's rock, over the 853 in the date. The flag of the 1 in the date is repunched south. The upright of the 1 is centered over a denticle. The reverse features a diagonal die line on the rim over the N in UNITED.

The dies used to coin business strikes are readily identified by heavy die polish lines within the eagle's shield. The date is differently placed, with the upright of the 1 centered between denticles. Clash marks are usually present on the field near Liberty's raised elbow.

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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1853 S$1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 26000 32500 38000 52500 70000 130000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - 28500 35500 42000 57500 77000 140000 - - -
1853 S$1 PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65


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8/8/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1787 $184,000.00
4/16/2008 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2150 $103,500.00
1/6/2010 NGC PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 3615 $24,150.00
3/21/2013 PCGS PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3731 $25,850.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5716 $152,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333332814141507155635922640069517258923499181078855838101438134561
333333310953567445152355682608165837053791694621020825804710381124790
0000003109535674451523556826081658370537916946210208258047103800
0000003218838544761539958026240676771558575969010498408218623800
1853 S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333343143195277578361536644721075269554102551114757794104982134561
333333311453727463854455906631668327315820297871055226696735231148410
0000003114537274638544559066316683273158202978710552266967352300
00000032288402349575614602964807021742088781002110849422458925200
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