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: $12.47 (12/19/2014)
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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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: 9/11/2014

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1853 S$1 MS
Base $ 315 395 490 675 1300 1300 1575 1675 2000 2500 3750 4050 5100 7250 15000 80000 125000 - - - -
$ 1450 1750 1850 2200 2800 4000 4450 5600 8000 16500 86000 - - -
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Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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8/17/1996 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 7996 $577.50
3/24/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5971 $5,520.00
8/14/2005 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2078, 2078/Lot# 1656 $1,512.00
8/6/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 399, 405/Lot# 7059 $1,152.30
8/15/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3050 $356.50
9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 16093 $341.00
2/22/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7331 $470.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1665 $540.50
9/4/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7848 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 9007
Owner: Tradedollarnut
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2117
Owner: G & R coins
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