Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 360,000
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.83 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O S$1 MS obverse 1859 O S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint delivered a sizeable total of 360,000 Seated Dollars in 1859. Unlike its similarly dated P-mint counterpart, the '59-O does not appear to have been exported in significant numbers. Rather, the majority of the mintage probably saw domestic circulation in the South, but whether this was before the Civil War or during the mid to late 1870s is still a matter of conjecture. Suffice it to say that the 1859-O is a common coin in all circulated grades, and a popular issue among type collectors.

Prior to the Treasury releases of the early 1960s, the 1859-O was a scarce, yet not rare coin in Mint State. By 1964, however, at least three 1,000-coin bags of Mint State 1859-O Seated Dollars had emerged from Treasury Department vaults and found their way into the hands of the public.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2015

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1859 O S$1 MS
Base $ 275 325 375 470 650 940 1050 1160 1650 2600 3050 5450 8750 70000 - - - - -
$ 775 - - 1275 1800 - 3750 7000 14000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 617
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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1/5/1998 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1012, 1012/Lot# 1669 $1,782.00
4/15/2001 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1254 $490.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2919 $1,897.50
6/26/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 1224 $1,152.99
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1040 $351.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7332 $359.55
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 88344 $852.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7988 $587.50
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 825, 834/Lot# 810 $2,200.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O S$1 MS
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1477
Owner: ddr70
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