Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $16.24 (7/23/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 S$1 PF obverse 1850 S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Proof 1850 dollars were struck with two distinct obverse die types: the first marriage combines a Closed 5 obverse with a new reverse die that was not used to produce any of the earlier proofs in this series. The Mint also used these dies to produce business strike 1850 Seated dollars of the Closed 5 variety. The second marriage combines an obverse that is identifiable by an Open 5 in the date and repunching on the base of the 0 with the same reverse used to produce most proofs of the 1840-1850 era (two defects at the right side of the final A in AMERICA). This Open 5 obverse also shows prominent die file marks that extend slightly upward and to the left from the denticles below 50 in the date. Apparently, the Mint struck a limited number of proofs with this die combination before using the obverse die to produce business strike 1850 Dollars of the Open 5 variety. During business strike production, the die cracked through the base of the date and was repolished. The die was re-mated with the same reverse die as before to produce more proofs, possibly at a later time. Breen suggests that some of the proofs of this die state may be restrikes, but evidence is not conclusive. David Bowers, in his book Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, estimates that as many as 35 proof 1850 Seated dollars of all varieties and die states are extant, out of an original estimated mintage of between 40 and 60 pieces. This issue is more available than most of the proof dates from 1840 through 1849, perhaps because a decent number of restrikes were produced to satisfy collector demand for the low mintage 1850 date.

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


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1850 S$1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 13500 14500 19250 29000 36000 67500 80000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 14500 15750 21000 32500 40000 72500 88000 - -
1850 S$1 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50000 - 95000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 16
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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1/2/2002 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 1524, 1524/Lot# 1738 $15,225.00
7/26/2003 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 8284 $15,525.00
1/9/2008 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3037 $63,250.00
7/31/2009 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1152 $69,000.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3311 $24,150.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3310 $18,975.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5712 $51,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333332936373045915049536764007077743186019234105155390297951134561
3333333980320040174743515557116625719578218812966124977685851101540
00000039803200401747435155571166257195782188129661249776858500
0000003195834654304489652616055685173138211902310088394398326800
1850 S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333330733894478352545582664473407704890595541086755808101405134561
33333331026334641904940536359366876746181049121999125847710071124570
000000310263346419049405363593668767461810491219991258477100700
0000003204936204486509754726290710875828504933710429408278620600
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Grade: PF 63
Points: 7077
Owner: mr cool
 
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