Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,500
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.30 (9/4/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 S$1 MS obverse 1856 S$1 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Although produced in greater numbers, the 1856 (63,500 pieces) is more difficult to locate than the 1855 in circulated grades. In Mint State, both issues are similar in rarity, and both are underappreciated by most collectors in today's hobby.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1856 S$1 MS
Base $ 420 490 615 1025 1950 2750 3150 4150 4550 5600 7250 12750 23000 87000 - - - - -
$ 2150 3050 3450 4500 4900 6100 7750 14000 25500 94000 - - -

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Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
2/3/1995 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 395 $1,210.00
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2754 $1,207.50
1/5/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3979 $4,025.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3052 $1,391.50
1/2/2012 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 650, 657/Lot# 299 $805.00
12/16/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3399, 3399/Lot# 3084 $2,415.00
8/8/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4219 $5,287.50
12/22/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 158947 $1,925.00
10/8/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1210/Lot# 3667 $1,233.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 3852
Owner: G & R coins
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