Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,000
Catalog: KM-86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $61.33 (9/3/2014)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S G$1 MS obverse 1857 S G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is a surprisingly scarce date in higher grades. The San Francisco Mint was concentrating on the production of double eagles at the time, and just 10,000 gold dollars were coined. Like most early S-Mint coinage, nearly all of these gold dollars immediately entered circulation. Probably not more than a couple dozen Mint State examples have survived, indicating the rarity of Choice AU and near-Mint coins such as this one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/16/2014

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1857 S G$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 225 290 380 500 880 880 1225 1525 2000 3200 6000 7900 10500 22500 - - - - - - -
$ 980 1325 1650 2350 3800 6650 8750 12400 30200 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 106
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
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1/11/1997 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 6559 $3,565.00
1/22/1997 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0913, 913/Lot# 1759 $738.50
9/21/2005 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 4256 $1,610.00
8/13/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1521 $4,312.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4528 $2,415.00
8/26/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 509, 516/Lot# 5493 $1,495.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5285 $2,467.50
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154451 $743.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base372445527620997111013661583245928793388367541415158632411257170192606340391632791001261
3964725587451034119514381875259930483483383044805546796813177200333083948020755611001260
000000143818752599304834833830448055467968131772003330839480207556100
000000151021672739321835793985481959359612150982304835615556498784300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5158
Owner: Desert Gold
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3388
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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