Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 774,789
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: $57.42 (3/6/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 G$1 MS obverse 1857 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

While even Superb Gem Type Three dollars from late in the Indian Head series (1874-1889) are found with some frequency, the 1857 gold dollar in Superb Gem or finer is another matter entirely. Numismatists, as well as the collecting public who occasionally laid aside a nice coin, likely knew from the mid-1870s onward that the series was eventually doomed. The signs were clear: The last sizeable mintage occurred in 1874, with most of the subsequent emissions on the far side of minuscule, the coins did not circulate but were popular as souvenirs, and the Morgan dollar mintage started in 1878, obviating the need for a duplicate gold denomination.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/27/2015

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1857 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 180 250 290 290 300 310 345 405 565 680 785 1025 1600 4050 5750 23000 50000 - -
$ 295 310 320 360 435 585 710 830 1175 2125 5000 - - -

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Total Graded: 1237
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/8/1998 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1039, 1039/Lot# 2024 $358.70
11/1/2004 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #18, 22/Lot# 321 $218.50
2/10/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 624 $336.00
9/9/2009 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 9007 $322.00
3/17/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(5), 1153/Lot# 9297 $310.50
5/27/2012 NGC MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1205 $468.00
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1174/Lot# 9539 $705.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25143 $448.50
3/9/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176048 $478.50
11/16/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131447/Lot# 27401 $211.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1127
Owner: FredFred
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1127
Owner: gherrmann44
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