Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,000
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: $53.05 (7/29/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S G$1 MS obverse 1857 S G$1 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This is a surprisingly scarce date in higher grades. The San Francisco Mint was concentrating on the production of double eagles at the time, and just 10,000 gold dollars were coined. Like most early S-Mint coinage, nearly all of these gold dollars immediately entered circulation. Probably not more than a couple dozen Mint State examples have survived, indicating the rarity of Choice AU and near-Mint coins such as this one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1857 S G$1 MS
Base $ 225 290 380 500 880 1225 1525 2000 3200 7900 10500 22500 - - - - - - -
$ 980 - 1650 2350 3800 8750 12400 30200 - - - - -

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Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/13/1996 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0840, 840/Lot# 904 $316.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4528 $2,415.00
7/18/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 602, 609/Lot# 1701 $1,955.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4407 $5,287.50
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5285 $2,467.50
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154451 $743.60
1/7/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1216/Lot# 6815 $3,995.00
4/22/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6033 $1,645.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5158
Owner: Desert Gold
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3388
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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