Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 217,600
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.42 (8/3/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 S$1 MS obverse 1860 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Seated Liberty dollars of 1860 were apparently intended mainly for use in the export trade to China, where many were melted. In his Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, David Bowers writes:

'They never were available from the Mint at face value, and all were paid out at $1.08 each to bullion dealers, banks, and others who fed them into the Orient trade. A small percentage of the mintage (217,600 business strikes) circulated domestically after the resumption of specie payments in autumn 1876.'

Bowers also indicates that there was little interest in business strike Seated dollars during this time period. Collectors desiring date sequences of dollars were satisfied with Philadelphia Mint proofs.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/8/2014

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1860 S$1 MS
Base $ 285 325 430 550 750 1300 1500 1975 2150 2700 3200 5600 9350 77500 105000 130000 - - -
$ 850 1450 1650 2100 2300 2900 3550 6100 11750 84000 - - -

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Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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3/4/1995 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Signature Sale #133, 133/Lot# 5582 $6,930.00
6/22/2003 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1741, 1741/Lot# 1288 $1,815.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3084 $2,242.50
10/9/2006 NGC AU 58   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 108, 113/Lot# 1496 $1,207.50
8/15/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3060 $690.00
10/13/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8908 $1,207.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4226 $3,113.75
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 223323 $2,250.00
1/7/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10642 $564.00
7/9/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 4103 $1,175.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 S$1 MS
1860 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 13281
Owner: Tradedollarnut
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2319
Owner: G & R coins
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