Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,045,351
Catalog: KM-73
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $63.30 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 G$1 MS obverse 1852 G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

When Alexander Hamilton created the original text that became the Mint Act of 1792, he recommended a bi-metallic standard including both gold and silver. The unit of this coinage system was the dollar, which he envisioned would be struck in both metals. Hamilton specifically recommended a gold piece of 10 dollars, another of one dollar, a silver piece of one dollar, a silver dime or disme, a copper cent, and a copper half cent. As we know, Congress did not actually include the gold dollar in the Mint Act of 1792, and it would be nearly 60 years before the gold dollar actually became a reality. Gold dollars and double eagles were authorized by Congress in 1849, partly to provide additional uses for all of the California gold that began to make its way to world markets.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2014

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1852 G$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 175 220 260 260 285 300 315 380 505 660 775 1050 1650 5250 9750 27500 59000 120000 -
$ 270 290 310 325 430 520 685 825 1150 2650 6000 12500 37500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3900
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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7/29/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131430/Lot# 28586
8/9/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 9225
8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 9227
8/9/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 9226


Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #54, 59/Lot# 1002 $345.00
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(3), 1162/Lot# 4361 $4,600.00
2/12/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3223, 3223/Lot# 2494 $140.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25118 $195.50
2/3/2013 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1678 $718.75
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 117290 $188.81
10/27/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131345/Lot# 23384 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23025527830439552753955157258660762075410811488204833494431654593231393021102
23826228633443953154355857659361166486312161674248137095135747110858163200
0000005435585765936116648631216167424813709513574711085800
0000005475655816006157099721352186129154070584083971239400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 754
Owner: Keatsian
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 653
Owner: DRB59
 
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