Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,041
Catalog: KM-121
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $59.22 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 15mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS obverse 1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though the Philadelphia Mint struck 35,000 1905-dated Lewis and Clark dollars in addition to assay pieces, that figure has little connection to the issue's availability today, and even the commonly accepted net mintage of 10,000 pieces may be something of an illusion. The 25,000-coin gap was the result of the Philadelphia Mint striking more pieces than were in Farran Zerbe's original order for the issue, in anticipation of future requests. None were made, and so the pieces were melted again, having never left the Mint. Numerous specialists in commemoratives have noted that the 1905 Lewis and Clark coins are scarcer than their 1904 counterparts, and some authorities speculate that Farran Zerbe did not sell the entire group of 10,000 1905-dated examples, but later spent them at face value or redeemed them unofficially, removing them from the pool of survivors.

The Lewis and Clark dollars are well-known for their overall elusiveness, and as grade increases, the challenge associated with the pieces only grows. In his A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins, Q. David Bowers writes that ' ... among commemorative gold [dollars], the Lewis and Clark issues of 1904 and 1905 are singularly distinctive for their rarity in higher grades. They are far rarer than any other commemorative gold dollar varieties.'

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


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Last Updated: 9/10/2013

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1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 750 900 900 930 960 1000 1050 1275 1325 1435 1775 3250 11000 18750 65000 - - -
$ 975 1025 1050 1100 1160 1400 1450 1600 1900 3850 12500 25850 70000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1319
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/10/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 619 $2,420.00
1/4/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 414 $9,020.00
10/21/2007 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2438, 2438/Lot# 2413 $2,688.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4904 $1,667.50
12/3/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 1337 $5,750.00
1/19/2012 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7065 $2,507.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2850 $1,997.50
11/17/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 152114 $1,024.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13151356139714401440148316091649168717071781193620092124238835415747698910542147511582619537
1328136914111440145415251622166116931731183219602047221227724276616181731194515109170630
000000162216611693173118321960204722122772427661618173119451510900
000000163516741700175618841984208523003156501165759357133481546700
1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13911434147615211521160616971738177917991876203821132233250636995973725010895152031630320094
1405144814911521154916361710175117851824193020632153232429034457639884651233115569175660
000000171017511785182419302063215323242903445763988465123311556900
000000172417651792185019842088219324153301521568249680137671593600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 8173
Owner: RDN
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3699
Owner: Mozin
 
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