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: $15.34 (8/28/2014)
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: 7/30/2014

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1868 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 265 325 375 560 850 850 1230 1350 1550 2250 2900 3500 4500 7750 22000 74000 120000 - - - -
$ 980 1350 1475 1675 2500 3200 3750 5000 9500 38000 - 155000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/4/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 205 $1,495.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2910 $6,612.50
11/21/2010 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 3617 $2,300.00
2/24/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131310/Lot# 22804 $270.25
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125824 $320.09
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3187 $1,645.00
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8663 $499.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base340946353974582910591252143715491704179921972985363949706820900711754239213716858371
1384274886077739051123131314741600173519312459320340825586754999221580928336442350
000000112313131474160017351931245932034082558675499922158092833600
0000001187137515111652176720642722342145266203827810838198653275200
1868 S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base643949757979488211231326151916361795189523083124380051727077932212137121763806334510
15045852465082396211901390155816891828203225803349425758077825102601215020805380630
0000001190139015581689182820322580334942575807782510260121502080500
0000001258145415971742186121702852357447146442857311198121632943400
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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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