Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 460
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.97 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S$1 PF obverse 1863 S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 460 proofs were coined in 1863, and less than half of those pieces survive today. Perhaps only 150 to 200 examples are still known in all grades. It is believed that most or all of the 460 proofs actually found buyers at the time they were struck, despite the difficulties that were encountered. Dave Bowers explained the ordering difficulties in Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, A Complete Encyclopedia:

'After July 1862, ordering Proof coins from the Mint became a very difficult business, for silver coins rose significantly above face value (due to widespread hoarding by the public), and the Mint established two price schedules: one price (higher) for payment in greenbacks or bank drafts, and a lower price for payment in coin, like for like.'

Additional valuable information about 19th century monetary conditions, especially during the Civil War, is given in Neil Carothers' book Fractional Money, one of the best and most useful books every published on the topic of subsidiary U.S. coinage

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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1863 S$1 PF
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$ - - - 1600 1775 2550 2775 3650 5150 7900 17750 34000 67500 -
1863 S$1 PF Cameo
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1863 S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 134
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 69


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8/9/2014 PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4670


Auction Prices Realized

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10/7/1998 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 1093, 1093/Lot# 1789 $1,944.00
2/10/2008 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2924 $16,100.00
8/11/2011 NGC PF 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 609, 616/Lot# 7461 $3,680.00
5/30/2012 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3971 $3,450.00
10/17/2012 NGC PF 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 2139 $2,585.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4644 $12,925.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4924 $8,812.50
5/18/2014 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 194050 $12,674.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333338471173154717531928240126993712624868209588105154407679408
3333333284955129716151811208525003036455764387742989721702558530
000000328495512971615181120852500303645576438774298972170200
00000035651064142216841869224325993374540266298665102063288900
1863 S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333339031243163318472029251928283875648870779918108674572182347
333333330310161373170419072192262231774746668480241023422485579290
00000033031016137317041907219226223177474666848024102342248500
00000036031129150317751968235527253526561768808971105503410300
1863 S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333395413091714193621242631295040296713731710226111974726385101
333333332010721444178819982293273733094923691482861054923219598750
00000033201072144417881998229327373309492369148286105492321900
00000036371190157918622061246228433669581871159256108733524100
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 9897
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 8665
Owner: Simpson
 
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