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: $11.28 (8/4/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Last Updated: 12/8/2014

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1859 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 275 325 375 470 650 940 1050 1160 1650 2600 3050 5450 8750 70000 - - - - -
$ 775 1040 1150 1275 1800 2800 3750 7000 14000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 614
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1703 $1,265.00
9/16/2007 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2422, 2422/Lot# 1655 $2,688.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 2271 $6,612.50
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1040 $351.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3861 $977.50
1/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131203/Lot# 23394 $253.00
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 167847 $2,420.00
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10501 $5,650.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base719745865949109513331477164917531852223326142699298539354876111721171612278128611383317202
72878589399811741381153416841786197923602642279433024249697511353119031247213185149560
00000015341684178619792360264227943302424969751135311903124721318500
00000015921718181921062487267128903618456290731153512091126671350900
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1477
Owner: ddr70
 
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