Coin Specifications

Category: Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,011,000
Catalog: KM-150
Obverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Reverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.01 (11/25/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1934 S S$1 MS obverse 1934 S S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Throughout the 1940s, numismatists considered P-mint Peace dollars such as the 1925 to be scarcer than the 1934-S. While this may seem ridiculous to collectors today, one must remember that rumors of endless bags of 1934-S dollars in storage at the San Francisco Mint were plentiful enough to delude the numismatic community at the time. Apparently, stories such as this circulated widely enough throughout the 1950s to allow dealers to overlook their constant hankering for Mint State pieces of this issue. Like most silver dollar issues, the 1934-S met its judgement day in the form of the Treasury releases of the 1940s through 1960s. While these releases proved sufficient to banish some silver dollar issues such as the 1885-CC and 1903-O to relative obscurity, they also placed the 1934-S atop its current throne and crowned it 'King of the Peace Dollars.' Over the course of these three decades, only 1-3 bags of Mint State survivors of this issue emerged from the California branch mint. The remainder were undoubtedly released into circulation during the 1930s and suffered the attrition that was their fate. Today, issues such as the 1923-S, 1924-S, and 1928-S outrank the 1934-S in terms of rarity at the gem Uncirculated grade level. The crown, however, still resides atop the 1934-S as it is the rarest Peace dollar in terms of total known specimens.

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Last Updated: 9/24/2015

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1934 S S$1 MS
Base $ 38.00 45.00 65.00 80.00 180 470 535 800 1300 2450 2900 4400 6300 11000 33500 - - - -
$ 225 - 570 950 1675 2550 3350 4750 8800 16000 - - -

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Total Graded: 3748
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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9/13/2004 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #356, 356/Lot# 1974 $110.40
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1934 S S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7214
Owner: evilwoman13
Grade: MS 65
Points: 5528
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
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