Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,045,351
Catalog: KM-73
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $55.13 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 G$1 MS obverse 1852 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

When Alexander Hamilton created the original text that became the Mint Act of 1792, he recommended a bi-metallic standard including both gold and silver. The unit of this coinage system was the dollar, which he envisioned would be struck in both metals. Hamilton specifically recommended a gold piece of 10 dollars, another of one dollar, a silver piece of one dollar, a silver dime or disme, a copper cent, and a copper half cent. As we know, Congress did not actually include the gold dollar in the Mint Act of 1792, and it would be nearly 60 years before the gold dollar actually became a reality. Gold dollars and double eagles were authorized by Congress in 1849, partly to provide additional uses for all of the California gold that began to make its way to world markets.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/24/2015

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1852 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 175 220 260 285 300 315 380 660 725 1050 1650 5300 9000 28000 59000 120000 -
$ 270 - - 325 430 685 825 1150 2650 7300 12500 37500 -

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Total Graded: 4007
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/4/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0951, 951/Lot# 1872 $274.30
9/13/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #356, 356/Lot# 2027 $287.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1072 $862.50
3/4/2012 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/04/2012, 10/Lot# 20860 $1,019.70
5/12/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 758 $290.00
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 117290 $188.81
6/3/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4531 $317.25
  PCGS MS 62   Bonhams $444.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2048
Owner: BillJones
Grade: MS 61
Points: 653
Owner: DRB59
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