Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.28 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 S$1 PF obverse 1850 S$1 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

Proof 1850 dollars were struck with two distinct obverse die types: the first marriage combines a Closed 5 obverse with a new reverse die that was not used to produce any of the earlier proofs in this series. The Mint also used these dies to produce business strike 1850 Seated dollars of the Closed 5 variety. The second marriage combines an obverse that is identifiable by an Open 5 in the date and repunching on the base of the 0 with the same reverse used to produce most proofs of the 1840-1850 era (two defects at the right side of the final A in AMERICA). This Open 5 obverse also shows prominent die file marks that extend slightly upward and to the left from the denticles below 50 in the date. Apparently, the Mint struck a limited number of proofs with this die combination before using the obverse die to produce business strike 1850 Dollars of the Open 5 variety. During business strike production, the die cracked through the base of the date and was repolished. The die was re-mated with the same reverse die as before to produce more proofs, possibly at a later time. Breen suggests that some of the proofs of this die state may be restrikes, but evidence is not conclusive. David Bowers, in his book Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, estimates that as many as 35 proof 1850 Seated dollars of all varieties and die states are extant, out of an original estimated mintage of between 40 and 60 pieces. This issue is more available than most of the proof dates from 1840 through 1849, perhaps because a decent number of restrikes were produced to satisfy collector demand for the low mintage 1850 date.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 3/17/2015

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1850 S$1 PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 14500 19250 29000 36000 67500 80000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 15750 21000 32500 40000 72500 88000 - -
1850 S$1 PF Cameo
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 60000 - 110000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 15
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/2/2002 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 1524, 1524/Lot# 1738 $15,225.00
2/24/2003 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 716 $36,800.00
1/9/2008 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3037 $63,250.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3310 $18,975.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5712 $51,406.25
10/27/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98607 $19,975.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 S$1 PF
1850 S$1 PF Cameo
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Grade: PF 63
Points: 7077
Owner: mr cool
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