Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61,005
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.22 (8/3/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 S$1 MS obverse 1840 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Although relatively obtainable in grades at or below the VF level, the 1840 is a challenging coin to locate in XF, AU, and Mint State. While many first-year issues from later series (1909 VDB Lincoln Cents, 1883 No CENTS Liberty Nickel, to name just two examples) were saved by the public at the time of issue, fate was not so kind to the 1840 Seated Dollar. The small number of collectors who were active in the 1840s, as well as the economic pressures of the Hard Times, seem to explain the conditionally challenging status of this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/5/2014

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1840 S$1 MS
Base $ 290 360 450 550 950 1525 2050 2750 3250 7000 14000 23000 55000 95000 - - - - -
$ 1050 1700 2300 3000 3500 7750 16000 26000 60000 105000 - - -

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Total Graded: 256
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/18/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1106, 1106/Lot# 1621 $972.00
1/29/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 768 $632.50
3/25/2012 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 41977 $341.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1082 $1,228.00
8/30/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4567 $359.55
9/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8600 $558.13
11/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 619 $1,312.00
4/14/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20371 $1,498.13
5/19/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20338 $399.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7014
Owner: mr cool
Grade: MS 62
Points: 5367
Owner: ddr70
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