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: $58.21 (11/22/2014)
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: 9/10/2013

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1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 425 470 470 500 520 540 580 625 635 660 710 1025 1625 2225 5000 20000 - -
$ 500 540 560 580 630 660 680 725 775 1125 1800 2700 7350 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2109
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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11/25/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131447/Lot# 27953


Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2611 $1,782.50
4/3/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1132 $609.50
12/2/2007 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2457, 2457/Lot# 2525 $756.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(2), 1157/Lot# 4406 $747.50
3/21/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 8540 $282.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31425 $588.68
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169465 $250.80
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
Base94697810101044107811131148118512091233124812841296136914831790221925793646671073149446
95698810211055108911241160119312171238126012881320140715851933233929344667691180240
0000001160119312171238126012881320140715851933233929344667691100
0000001172120112251243127212921344144516872076245932905688711200
1903 MCKINLEY G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1005103910721108114411791217125512801305132113581371144715661885233127043808696375839772
1016105010841120115511911229126312881310133313621396148616722033245530724859716983120
0000001229126312881310133313621396148616722033245530724859716900
0000001242127112961315134513661421152617782182257934405911737600
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6710
Owner: RDN
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2219
Owner: Dr. B K
 
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