Coin Specifications

Category: Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,011,000
Catalog: KM-150
Obverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Reverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $14.30 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1934 S S$1 MS obverse 1934 S S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Throughout the 1940s, numismatists considered P-mint Peace dollars such as the 1925 to be scarcer than the 1934-S. While this may seem ridiculous to collectors today, one must remember that rumors of endless bags of 1934-S dollars in storage at the San Francisco Mint were plentiful enough to delude the numismatic community at the time. Apparently, stories such as this circulated widely enough throughout the 1950s to allow dealers to overlook their constant hankering for Mint State pieces of this issue. Like most silver dollar issues, the 1934-S met its judgement day in the form of the Treasury releases of the 1940s through 1960s. While these releases proved sufficient to banish some silver dollar issues such as the 1885-CC and 1903-O to relative obscurity, they also placed the 1934-S atop its current throne and crowned it 'King of the Peace Dollars.' Over the course of these three decades, only 1-3 bags of Mint State survivors of this issue emerged from the California branch mint. The remainder were undoubtedly released into circulation during the 1930s and suffered the attrition that was their fate. Today, issues such as the 1923-S, 1924-S, and 1928-S outrank the 1934-S in terms of rarity at the gem Uncirculated grade level. The crown, however, still resides atop the 1934-S as it is the rarest Peace dollar in terms of total known specimens.

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


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1934 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 45.00 63.00 80.00 180 180 460 515 625 1175 1950 2250 2600 3600 5250 7950 31000 - - - -
$ 225 500 550 950 1550 2050 2600 2900 4000 7650 15500 43000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3530
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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10/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8752 $4,370.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1832 $2,317.25
9/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1159/Lot# 8702 $1,495.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 9897 $373.75
2/5/2012 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3219, 3219/Lot# 2319 $55.00
2/3/2013 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 94166 $55.00
7/4/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21535 $42.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1934 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135159159198248487787102115121767208822742525289031983661468672148338122593606463788
14315917221432758786511841597187421502357264629923352400255287588964520194453050
0000008651184159718742150235726462992335240025528758896452019400
00000094313481682198122122441276830953506434463717963109522812900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7214
Owner: evilwoman13
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4686
Owner: JTO
 
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