Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 33,140
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.86 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1854 S$1 MS obverse 1854 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Business strike mintage of Seated Liberty dollars amounted to 33,140 pieces in 1854, a low mintage to be sure, but not unusually low for the era. For some unknown reason, the date became scarce almost as soon as it was issued. Q. David Bowers speculates many examples may have been appropriated for the China trade, as there was great demand for silver from that remote quarter. Writing in the American Journal of Numismatics for March 1869, early dealer Edward Cogan listed the silver dollar issues he considered rare. Four Seated Liberty dollars made the list, the 1851,1852, 1854, and 1858. The other dates on Cogan's list have become celebrated rarities over the years, but the 1854 has remained obscure. The date is scarce in all grades today, and Mint State examples are undeniably rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1854 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1550 2250 2850 4350 4350 5700 6350 6850 7750 8600 9350 11750 14500 22500 82500 115000 - - - -
$ 4750 6400 6750 7400 8500 9250 10250 12750 16000 25000 87500 125000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
7/31/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6490 $10,120.00
3/16/1996 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6485 $22,550.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1694 $6,900.00
4/28/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2161 $8,050.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10549 $2,875.00
3/20/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30092 $9,993.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9081333155819692368286030573238341435253683378339524290456551586951900711754155552075128200
1049140816952102253229253117329634513577371638394064438147625755763699221302117287232340
000000311732963451357737163839406443814762575576369922130211728700
0000003177335534883630374938954177447349606353832110838142881901900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3683
Owner: Tweed Collection
 
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