Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 13,280
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: $54.92 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 C G$1 MS obverse 1857 C G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Although the mint issued the first Type Three gold dollars in 1856, the first examples were not struck in Charlotte until the following year. It is interesting that while the 1857-C dollar's mintage of 13,280 pieces is on the high side when compared to most dates in the series, this issue is among the rarest in Mint State. This is partially because the 1857-C is, on average, one of the worst produced gold coins in United States history, which is a major reason for the lack of high grade specimens. Only a select few examples have been certified in Mint State, with none above MS62.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1857 C G$1 MS
Base $ 425 500 725 1175 1900 3550 4350 5300 7500 15750 23500 - - - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/12/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1295, 1295/Lot# 2031 $2,532.00
1/12/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8474 $6,037.50
8/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4404 $5,287.50
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 86585 $4,950.00
7/28/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116678 $1,512.50
1/26/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1675 $851.88
3/27/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7327 $3,290.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C G$1 MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3968
Owner: FredFred
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3968
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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