Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,076,051
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: $55.88 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 G$1 MS obverse 1853 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Produced in staggering numbers for the era, the 1853 (4 million pieces struck) is the most plentiful Gold Dollar from the standpoint of total number of coins extant. An argument can also be made for labeling this issue as the most common in the entire Gold Dollar series of 1849-1889. One should have little trouble locating examples in grades up to and including MS65, although coins at the Gem level are scarce when compared to the number of high grade collectors in today's hobby. The true rarity of this issue, however, does not emerge until one crosses the Superb Gem threshold.

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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1853 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 175 220 260 285 300 315 380 660 775 1050 1650 4400 8100 23000 37500 153000 -
$ 270 - - 325 430 685 825 1150 2450 5875 9950 - -

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Total Graded: 10596
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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11/1/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5020

Auction Prices Realized

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12/3/1993 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Dallas Bullet #111, 111/Lot# 387 $330.00
5/31/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2376 $517.50
7/25/2005 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2070, 2070/Lot# 2386 $352.00
2/6/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 73, 78/Lot# 993 $382.95
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1092 $4,095.00
10/14/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131243/Lot# 22368 $223.25
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5022 $1,703.75
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 8602 $646.25
5/18/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 193665 $276.18

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1081
Owner: K M Lust
Grade: MS 62
Points: 829
Owner: MorganMan
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