Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 94,000
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.48 (7/29/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S$1 MS obverse 1857 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

While the Mint's official 1857 Annual Report and the Guide Book both list the mintage of the 1857 Seated Liberty dollar as 94,000 pieces, research by R.W. Julian indicates a delivery of 490 pieces on May 29, 1857 was mistakenly omitted from the total. Q. David Bowers speculates the small delivery may have been a special striking for unknown purposes. Because the silver dollar contained a $1.046 melt-down value in silver, the coins rarely circulated domestically. Most examples were used in the China trade, and ultimately melted in the Orient, with the result that the issue is much rarer than generally supposed today. Bowers estimates a few hundred coins may still exist in circulated grades, with Mint State examples 'quite rare.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1857 S$1 MS
Base $ 425 580 675 940 1600 2275 2600 2750 3450 4500 5900 10000 22500 80000 - - - - -
$ 1750 2500 2850 3000 3750 4900 6350 11000 26000 86000 - - -

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Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/31/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6493 $4,730.00
11/5/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 805 $2,311.50
7/15/2009 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2719, 2719/Lot# 1666 $2,070.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 64   Goldberg $10,063.00
8/15/2011 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3053 $460.00
7/12/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3852 $1,725.00
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8628 $940.00
2/27/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3626 $1,292.50
5/11/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192034 $993.30
4/22/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4831 $7,050.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S$1 MS
1857 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 11842
Owner: Tradedollarnut
Grade: MS 64
Points: 7138
Owner: mr cool
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