Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30,700
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.90 (5/28/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S$1 MS obverse 1864 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1864 is widely recognized as a rarity in mint condition, but the reasons why are not always obvious. Until the discovery of the Comstock Lode in the late 1850s, silver was mined in this country in tiny quantities. As a result, mintages for silver coins were relatively low for most denominations. After the Comstock Lode began to flood the commodities markets with silver in the United States, mintages slowly began to rise in certain denominations and years, but not uniformly. The one complicating factor that prevented it from rising in all denominations was the Civil War. It may seem peculiar to Americans today, but in the early 1860s the outcome of the War Between the States was anything but a foregone conclusion. There was a distinct possibility in the early years that the South might actually win its independence. If it did, what would become of the North? How would Northern textile mills survive without Southern cotton? This question, of course, was answered midway through the war by the purchase of cotton at favorable prices from Egypt. Nevertheless, there was great uncertainty on both sides of the conflict, and people's natural reaction was to hoard silver and gold when it was found (which was seldom).

In his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia Q. David Bowers cites another reason for the absolute scarcity of this date: 'Silver dollars of the 1864 year did not circulate domestically, and their rarity today is explained by the fact that most were exported.' In addition to an absolute rarity, the 1864 dollar is also a condition rarity.

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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1864 S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 450 575 775 1025 1800 2500 3200 3700 4000 4800 7100 9250 21000 65000 125000 - - - -
$ 1950 2700 3450 3900 4200 5300 7750 13000 27500 80000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 81
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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3/13/1996 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0823, 823/Lot# 647 $490.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1722 $6,325.00
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 6619 $6,037.50
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8076 $3,593.75
8/12/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 66759 $3,641.00
8/8/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4231 $3,525.00
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8659 $1,410.00
11/15/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33869 $1,762.50
6/9/2014 NGC Details F Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20455 $384.23


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1033106612061333160921972302261428853172334534863712443149926951105151311213723143561540919050
104411131248142518052232240627042981323033923561395246185645813911381133161393414707166230
00000024062704298132303392356139524618564581391138113316139341470700
00000025102795307632873439363741914805629893271224613519141451505800
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