Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 17,500
Catalog: KM-120
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $57.78 (6/2/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS obverse 1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Two gold dollars were issued in 1903 to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase, one featuring Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and the other displaying a bust of William McKinley. More than 250,000 coins were minted, but only about 35,000 examples were sold at the asking price of three dollars per coin. The sales were about evenly split between the two varieties. Within a year the price had fallen to less than two dollars per coin, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of collectors and having a deleterious effect on the sales of Lewis and Clark gold dollars issued the following year. Collectors prize the issue today, as the coins were well produced and many examples have been carefully preserved.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/31/2014

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1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 425 470 500 530 550 600 655 680 800 1075 1700 2100 5000 20000 - -
$ 490 520 540 570 625 665 700 900 1250 1900 2500 7450 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2097
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/19/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 7553 $1,732.50
10/22/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 2084 $1,582.50
5/24/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1443 $1,035.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12026 $690.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1182/Lot# 4633 $1,645.00
4/29/2013 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 2672 $763.75
8/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 786 $550.00
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 168453 $350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94697810101044107811131148118512091233124813031315136914831790221926003817682073149446
95798910211055109011251160119312171238126613071333140715851933234630064818698580250
0000001160119312171238126613071333140715851933234630064818698500
0000001173120112251243128513111351144516882076247334115819714900
1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1005103910721108114411791217125512801305132113791391144715661885233127263984707775839772
1016105010841120115611921230126312881310134013831410148716722034246331455015724683130
0000001230126312881310134013831410148716722034246331455015724600
0000001242127212971316136013871428152617792182259435656046741400
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6820
Owner: RDN
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2219
Owner: Dr. B K
 
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