Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61,005
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.04 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 S$1 MS obverse 1840 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although relatively obtainable in grades at or below the VF level, the 1840 is a challenging coin to locate in XF, AU, and Mint State. While many first-year issues from later series (1909 VDB Lincoln Cents, 1883 No CENTS Liberty Nickel, to name just two examples) were saved by the public at the time of issue, fate was not so kind to the 1840 Seated Dollar. The small number of collectors who were active in the 1840s, as well as the economic pressures of the Hard Times, seem to explain the conditionally challenging status of this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/30/2014

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1840 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 290 360 410 525 900 900 1475 1950 2550 2950 4100 5400 11000 21500 55000 95000 - - - - -
$ 1000 1600 2300 2800 3250 5000 6000 13000 25000 60000 105000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 265
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1664 $1,955.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3796 $1,380.00
3/8/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3539 $632.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1082 $1,228.00
9/9/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3343, 3343/Lot# 1816 $1,063.75
11/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 619 $1,312.00
3/9/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 147512 $618.20
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7876 $675.63
5/19/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20338 $399.50
6/16/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20531 $405.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34094635396748561051121915011663187920092960429053676400765190071175427256424071
1384274885847349211107131315551735192223263403464957116817810399221692132306424070
000000110713131555173519222326340346495711681781039922169213230600
0000001163140716091807196526433846500860557234855510838220883735600
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 5367
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: ddr70
 
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