Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 46,110
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.27 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 S$1 MS obverse 1853 S$1 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint produced 46,110 Silver Dollars in 1853, a sizeable total, especially when one considers that old tenor silver coins of all denominations had ceased to circulate after the discovery of gold in California. While most Seated Dollars produced in the 1850s were exported, Bowers suggests that a decent number of coins dated 1853 remained within the United States. Indeed, representatives of the 1853 delivery are among the most plentiful Seated Dollars from this decade in today's market. We caution bidders, however, that most 1853 Dollars extant are circulated to one degree or another. Bowers does note that a small hoard of Mint State examples may have come to light in the 1970s or early 1980s, all of which are either brilliant or golden toned with thickly frosted luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2015

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1853 S$1 MS
Base $ 315 395 490 675 1300 1575 1675 2000 2500 4050 5100 7250 15000 80000 125000 - - - -
$ - - 1850 2200 2800 - 5600 8000 16500 86000 - - -

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Total Graded: 152
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/21/2013 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 3414, 3414/Lot# 2067 $675.00
2/22/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7331 $470.00
4/14/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 108863 $173.92
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4216 $3,818.75
9/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 956 $172.50
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9354 $675.63
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 9401 $1,469.93
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 225 $200.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 13112
Owner: Tradedollarnut
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2754
Owner: G & R coins
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