Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 162,100
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.06 (4/23/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1868 S$1 MS obverse 1868 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of Seated silver dollars increased considerably in 1868 from the scant mintages of 1861-1867 that numbered only in the tens of thousands, to more than 162,000 pieces. This issue is nonetheless quite challenging in Choice Mint State, and rare in Gem condition. In fact, even circulated dollars of this issue are 'quite scarce,' according to the Bowers-Borckardt silver dollar Encyclopedia (1993), 'but because of the high mintage figure they are nearly universally overlooked by the numismatic fraternity.'

Concerning Mint State specimens, Bowers-Borckardt comments, 'The year 1868 does not come to mind immediately when one thinks of rare coins in the Liberty Seated series, but a perusal of the data, including certification service population reports, indicates that it is indeed very rare, even if it is unappreciated and overlooked. Dealer specialist Chris Napolitano stated that an MS-61 coin was the finest business strike he could locate in six years of searching.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1868 S$1 MS
Base $ 265 325 375 560 850 850 1230 1350 1550 2250 2900 3500 4500 7750 22000 74000 100000 - - - -
$ 980 1350 1475 1675 2500 3200 3750 5000 9500 27500 82000 110000 - -
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Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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8/25/1997 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0974, 974/Lot# 1753 $414.20
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1736 $2,760.00
9/4/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 205 $1,495.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3074 $460.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 11229 $352.50
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 11231 $411.25
2/7/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3609 $1,116.25
7/11/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 5085 $998.75
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125824 $320.09

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 S$1 MS
1868 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 9007
Owner: mr cool
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1549
Owner: G & R coins
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