Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,361,355
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: $52.97 (7/28/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 G$1 MS obverse 1862 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The U.S. Mint tried vainly to keep coins in circulation in 1862, as the hostilities between North and South made the outcome of the 'great conflict' increasingly in doubt. Silver and gold coins disappeared first, and by July 15 even Indian Head cents had vanished from circulation. The Mint pumped out more than 1.3 million gold dollars, but most of them were hoarded, to reappear only decades later, if at all.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1862 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 180 250 290 300 310 345 405 680 775 1025 1250 2500 4350 7400 - - -
$ 295 - 320 360 435 710 810 1125 1625 2800 5150 9000 -

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Total Graded: 2999
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/16/2000 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Sale #242, 242/Lot# 7035 $575.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1455 $2,760.00
7/28/2008 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2563, 2563/Lot# 2195 $280.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3490 $402.50
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1206 $1,521.00
4/7/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 105640 $778.80
9/8/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 135808 $683.10
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 823, 832/Lot# 771 $975.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(6), 1211/Lot# 8728 $499.38
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 8159 $822.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2033
Owner: K M Lust
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